Skip to main content

Full text of "Blade Magazine"

See other formats




^^m?IiGL a^)J^ 


Enter the Drc\qon Knife 

f! Raliphs s,ty}[ 

r fei 


J; ew knives can match the mystique of 

the famous Case Cheetah. Until now, 

that is. With a swing guard and locking 

Tru-Sharp™ surgical steel clip blade, 

the new Case Cheetah Cub is a real ^ 

chip off the old block, and at 

31/2 inches in length, the 

perfect size to carry. ^ 

Watch for them at 

your nearest Case 

Authorized Dealer. 

But hurry, like 

their namesake, 

these Cheetah Cubs 

are sure to go fast. 

T Worn® 
Caribbean Blue 
Cheetah Cub 



6.5 BoneStag® 
Cheetah Cub 

Cheetah Cub 



OWENS WAY • BRADFORD, PA 16701 • FOR MORE INFORMATION: 1-800-523-6350 • 

lA^ TT* V ' '^JT" i^ tVf^TTffV 


.., ' Cutlass 


. Oman Swords 

Medieval Swords 

Katana Swords 

Ninja Swords 


& More 

« • 




favored by stunt a» 




More of our exclusive design lines: 

f f f eR Sleet _Ji#i^s|efL 

«d'f I Functional Swords II and Weaponry AuthcntiCS 

Baffle Ready Steel Swords 

Wmu Ml 


Forsed over Hot Coals! 

Collection t. 

AG^J^f £|RTT)8 

Armour 4 '•Weaponry 

J(mghts 0dtgE Ltd. 5696 N Northwest Hwy. Dept BL52, Chicago, IL 60646 USA 
773-775-3^^8 Fax 773-775-3339 Visit US at 



April 2006 

'S^Si-' V 



1 2 CPM 1 54: The Ideal Blade Sleel? 

Examine CPM 154's pluses and minuses. By Joe Kertzman 

1 9 Mystery of The Tunstall Bovfie Part f 

Join the search for a museum piece's provenance. By James Batson 

26 What Took 'em So Long? 

Leatherman finally joins the knife party. By Steve Shackleford 

32 Which Sheath Material And Why? 

It may all come down to personal preference. By Mike Haskew 

42 Evolution By Generation Contlusion 

How a title chase shaped Dan Farr's knives. By Roger Pinnock 

49 Rating The "Vs" 

See how six leading V-sharpeners compare. By Durwood Mollis 

58 Hottest Knives of the Hottest Makers 

Get updated on today's must-have handmades. By Mike Haskew 

80 Keys to Top Temper Lines 

Learn how to make them from a master. By Wally Hayes 

84 Lightning Strikes Sharp 

Browning's slick assisted opener gets tested. By MSG Kim Breed 


Benefit from 1 8 years of trial experience. By Evan F. Nappen 

96 With But One Allegiance 

The author's courtship of lady knife never sways. By Ed Fowler 

1 02 Are Tvfo Hands Better Than One? 

Conclude the two-part study of two-handers. By Hank Reinhardt 

110 Enter the Dragon Knife 

Have you cut with a Scot Matsuoka folder? By David Rhea 

APRIL 2006 

6 Readers Respond 

7 Cover Story 
10 Unsheathed 

18 The Knife I Carry 
38 Guild Directions 
55 Knifemalting Mentor 
67 BLADE Shoppe 
74 BLADE List 

74 Classified Ads 

75 Ad Index 

76 What's New 

78 Knifemaker Showcase 

88 Show Calendar 

89 Next In BLADE® 
94 Handmade Gallery 
100 Where To Net 'Em 
109 Where To Get 'Em 
114 Hot Handmade 

APRIL 2006 

BLADE / 5 


This Is Your Column! And we want to know what you think. 
Do you like what you've read in BLADE®? Do you have a 
complaint? A suggestion? An opinion you'd like to share with 
the largest knife audience in the world? Mail your comments 

to: BLADE, P.O. Box 789, Ooltewah, TN 37363-0789, or visit 
our website: or e-mail: blademagazine© We reserve the right to edit your comments to fit 
the space available. 

Who Wears the Pants? 

The story in the April 2005 BLADE®, 
"Knives For The Real Pants Wearers," 
was a joy to read, very well written and 
extremely honest, too. 

My wife Gretchen used to kid me 
about my obsession with knives — sound 
familiar? — often with the casual comment, 
"Why do you carry a knife with you all 
the time?" yet borrowing it whenever she 
needed to cut something. 

I gave the groomsmen at our wedding 
Spyderco/Terzuola knives (the first collab- 
oration between the two) and realized that 
the best lady in my life would probably 
enjoy the smaller version of the same knife. 
I gave one to her for her birthday following 
our wedding in 1996. She has carried that 
little knife clipped to the inside of her purse 
or on her jeans most every day since, and 
will ask me to sharpen it every so often. I 
take it as a real honor to sharpen her knife 
and it makes her happy to have a job well 
done. Plus, not having to learn how to 
sharpen is a relief for her. 

My wife and I are artists — I am a sculp- 
tor, she is a printmaker and painter — so we 
find daily uses for our knives around the 
studios. At one point about mid-2004 she was 
unable to find her knife. Weeks went by, too 
long to be without a knife. It was my chance 
to buy another one, but this time for her. 

I did a bit of research and decided on 
a purple Mini Griptilian. I have always 
admired and respected Benchmade for the 
edge geometry and overall quality of its 
knives, and thought that Gretchen would 
enjoy the purple color and the little folder's 
Axis lock. I presented it to her on no special 
occasion other than for the loss of her 
favorite knife, and you could not imagine 
the difference in reception of it compared 
to the Spyderco/Terzuola so many years 
ago. That is not to say that she did not 
grow to love her Spyderco/Terzuola, but the 
weeks of missing her knife and the years of 
gained appreciation for having one by her 
side resulted this time in a big hug and kiss, 
and a, "You are so thoughtful!" in contrast 
to the, "Why did you get me that?" upon 
receiving the Spyderco/Terzuola so many 
years back. My lovely wife now has a real 
appreciation for the everyday carry knife. 

and though I consider myself fortunate to 
have such a practical mate who wants very 
little and gives so much, she believing that 
"nobody needs more than he can use," I 
still like to give her things now and then. 

So as the April BLADE story advises 
us guys, "Ladies can be wooed" but that it 
takes "good timing and good taste," and, it 
is hoped, we can gift the women in our lives 
with "good steel" as well. 

By the way, Gretchen found her 
Spyderco/Terzuola about one week after I 
gave her the Benchmade. Murphy's Law, I 
suppose. It was faithfully clipped to a dirty 
pair of jeans wedged to the back of our 
closet. She was really happy to find it, and 
the little purple Griptilian is now her back- 
up everyday carry knife. 

Thanks to Linda Moll Smith for the 
fantastic portal into how people become 
enlightened to the positive use of their 
oldest tool, lady knife. It is an honor for us 
guys to help make this cormection to lady 
knife for our female friends, wives, sisters 
and mothers. Once they realize how useful 
a good knife is on a daily basis in or out 
of the kitchen, perhaps then our seeming 
madness for things sharp and beautiful will 
be less misunderstood. 

Don C. Andrade, 29 Palms, California 

P.S.: Though Gretchen does not like "more 
than she can use," I gifted her a knife made 
by Melissa Scott, daughter of ABS master 
smith Audra Draper, a little neck knife 
that Gretchen was extra proud to own 
after seeing it on the color center pages of 
Knives 2004. 

A Walking Randall Library 

I was so busy preparing for the 2005 New 
York Custom Knife Show and then catch- 
ing up on all the neglected house-and-yard 
stuff afterward that I just finished reading 
the January BLADE. I was saddened to 
learn of former Randall shop foreman and 
BLADE field editor Pete Hamilton's pass- 
ing, and I thank the BLADE staff for giving 
him the tribute he is due. 

Pete and I went back to 1977 when I 
first visited the Randall shop and showed 
my work to Blade Magazine Cutlery Hall- 

Of-Famer© Bo Randall and the crew. I 
recall the honest yet caring advice Pete 
gave to this then fledgling knifemaker. 

In '79 my dream came true and I relo- 
cated from Massachusetts to work in the 
Randall shop. I can still smell the orange 
blossoms walking up the drive on my first 
day! Both Bo and Gary Randall told me 
from the start that they would have rather 
have trained me cold on making Randall 
knives. There was a history of things not 
working out well with other knifemakers 
who came to work for the Randall shop. 

They had to just about drag me out of 
the shop at the day's end initially! I got 
to spend a lot of time with Pete and the 
late Dave Griffin (Dave preceded Pete as 
shop foreman) since I was the new guy, 
and they both helped me try to adjust to 
making Randall knives the Randall way 
instead of how I approached knifemaking. 
My hat's off to them and all the late '70s 
Randall crew, but, unfortunately, history 
repeated itself and another maker (yours 
truly) left the Randall shop involuntarily. 
I recall Pete's compassion when he had to 
give me the news. He regretted my leaving 
and hoped that I would find my own way in 
the world of knives. 

Much later at one of the early Atlanta 
BLADE Shows, Pete and I had neighbor- 
ing tables. He paid me one of the high- 
est compliments when he looked at my 
work and said that he was glad that 1 had 
found my way, and that leaving Randall 
enabled me to express myself in the world 
of knives. I always looked forward to seeing 
Pete at shows and we would play catch-up 
on things. 

He mentioned that his mother lived in 
New Hampshire and I was looking forward 
to a visit from him when he would go see 
her. I am so sorry that will not come to 
pass but I know that he was very happy in 
his north Florida home, and I would like 
to think that he is showing Bo his favorite 
hunting ground in Colorado. 

Yes, Pete was a good Marine, a kind 
friend to all, a walking library of Randall 
knife knowledge and a world-class quarter 

Steve Hill, Goshen, New Hampshire 

6 / BLADE 

APRIL 2006 

-'"•■• p. 

cover story 


Laying the hammer down" has more 
than one meaning for knifemakers, and 
with his new "Gun Hammer" frame-lock 
folder, Darrel Ralph has added another 
connotation to the list. The Gun Hammer 
is aptly named for its one-hand-opening 
flipper mechanism that resembles the skel- 
etonized trigger hammer of a 1911 pistol. 

Also of significance is the CPM 154 
blade steel, the newest Crucible Steel offer- 
ing that has the same elemental makeup 
as 154CM, but is manufactured using the 
Crucible Particle Metallurgy process. For 
more on it, see the related story on page 12. 

The Gun Hammer is a titanium-frame 
folder available in three blade styles, and 
Ralph says that "gripping points" around 
the frame give it "maximum surface tread 
for users' fingers and hands, even in slip- 
pery conditions." The knife comes with 
grooved green- or brown-G-10 handle 
overlays. The maker's list prices: $525 in 
manual action, or $675 with an assisted- 
opening mechanism. The model on the 
cover is available exclusively from Neil 
Ostroff of True North Knives. 

For more information, contact True 
North Knives, attn: N. Ostroff, Dept. BL4, 
FOB 176, Montreal, Quebec, Canada H3Z 
2T2 514.748.9985 info@truenorthknives. 
com. Or, contact Darrel Ralph, Dept. BL4, 
4185 S. St. Rt. 605, Galena, OH 43021 

The cover photo is by Bob Best. The 
inset photo, by Mitch Lum, is of Scot 
Matsuoka's "Pahinui" folder For more 
on it, see Scot's profile on page 110. 



aipi l)v [N^vpiri 

^(^^u^suxKjJJj^^ LoTnjDomj 

4th Edition President's Choice 
Robert J. Breton 


Baby Sunfish 

Mother of Pearl 

MSRP $279.90 

Limited Edition 1 of 400 

Includes a beautiful one-of-a-kind walnut 

presentation box with a signed letter of 

authenticity by Robert J. Breton 

This knife is the fourth edition in a series of the President's Choice. 
American pride and craftsmanship are just two of the reasons why Robert J. 
Breton made this choice. 

Presentation grade mother of pearl coined end Baby Sunfish (3-5/8 " Closed). 
Featuring nickel silver liners with signature bolsters. Gold filled laser 
engraved D2 steel blades, each with its own serial number on the tang. 

Queen Cutlery Company PO Box 500 Franklinville, NY 14737 
800-222-5233 FAX: 800-299-2618 

APRIL 2006 

BLADE / 7 



Darrei Ralph Designs 


4185 8. ST. RT. 605 
Galena Ohio 43021 

3.9" S30V B Fade 

r/fAXXSDOlO May 
.<5 25.00 Wart/al 

^^%9b" B B^^d^HSSH^bB^^BoB I 


Vol. XXXIII, No. 4, April 2006 
Publishers Of 

World Knife Colle(ting & Investing 



700 E. State St., lola, WI 54990-0001 


Group Publisher 

Hugh McAloon 


Brad Rucks 


Steve Shackleford 

Managing Editor 

Joe Kertzman 

Field Editors 

Ed Fowler, Wayne Goddard, MSG Kim 

Breed, Jerry Fisk, Dexter Ewing, Hank 

Reinhardt, B.R. Hughes, Lowell Bray, 

Steve Schwarzer, Richard D. White 

Advertising Manager 

Gregg Gutschow 

Advertising Sales 

Missy Beyer, Ext. 642 
Bruce Wolberg, Ext. 403 

A dvertising A ssistant 

Mary Ann Rice 

Art Director 

Craig Netzer 

Graphic Designer 

Jeromy Boutwell 

F+W Publications, Inc. 

David H. Steward, Chairman & CEO 

Peter Saretsky, EVP, Chief Financial Officer 

Andrew Levy, SVR Development and Strategy 

Barbara Sciimitz, VP, Manufacturing 

F+}V Publications, Inc. Afaf^azine Group 

William R. Reed, President 

Susan Du Bois, VP, Consumer Marketing 

Matt Friedersdorf, Director, Business Planning 

Sara Dumford, Conference Director 

Subscription Services: 800.258.0929 
12 ISSUES $25.98 ABBL63 

BLADEm (ISSN 1064-5853) is published monthly, includ- 
ing the directory and calendar issues, by F+W Publications, 
Inc., 700 E. State St., lola, WI 54990-001. Periodical postage 
paid at lola. Wis., and at additional mailing offices. Canadian 
Agreement Number: 40665675. POSTMASTER: Send address 
changes to BLADE, Circulation Department, 700 E. State St., 
lola, WI 54945. Copyright 2006 by F+W Publications, Inc. 
BLADE and its logo are registered trademarks. Other names 
and logos referred to or displayed in editorial or advertising 
content may be trademarked or copyright. BLADE assumes 
no responsibility for unsolicited materials sent to it. Publisher 
and advertisers are not liable for typographical errors that 
may appear in prices or descriptions in advertisements. The 
possession, transportation and sale of certain types of knives is 
restricted or prohibited by federal, state and local laws. BLADE 
and F+W Publications, Inc. rely upon the fact that collectors, 
dealers, exhibitors, advertisers and manufacturers are expected 
to know and comply with these regulations. 



APRIL 2006 

Double Tree 



2525 24DT 



f IMPROVED 3tfc' 


This tang stamp is our 
seal for the very finest. 

The Tree as Boker's trademark is as old as the com- 
pany - 138 years. A real chestnut tree growing close to 
the plant gave Heinrich Boker the idea to choose this 
symbol for quality Don't forget, back in 1867, Heinrich 
was already exporting to Africa and South America, 
where only a few people could read the company's 
name. Today the Tree logo is worth more than our 
new plant. It is our seal for the product made by us, in 
Solingen, Germany. It guarantees your knife is an 
original Boker In today's extremely competitive 
environment, ideas, designs, materials and technical 
concepts are routinely stolen. But the Tree Brand is ours 
alone and we protect it as our treasure. 
In an era of cost cutting and mass marketing, the 
Double Tree series reconfirms our ongoing commitment 
to quality For Double Tree we selected 6 very traditional 
Boker patterns. We will only make 1,000 pieces of each 
pattern, with the choice of 3 handle materials. 
The Trapper (Model 2525) and the Congress (Model 
5464) will be introduced first - 200 pieces in pearl -^^"^ 
pieces in sambar stag and 500 pieces in jig-"** 
bone. The decorative bolsters are castings out 
stiver and the Solingen stainl^j^^l blades shov/ old' 
grinding patterns and are m^^^^^^d. Each knife! 
features brass liners and stal^^^^^^^rings. 
All knives are presented i 

3 1/2" clip and spey blades. Closed length: 4". 

2525 24DT. Genuine Mother of Pearl handles. $ 199.00 
2525 23DT. Genuine sannbarstag handles. $ 179.00 
2525 22DT. Jigged grey bone handles. ^ J 149,00 

2525 23DT 

>5 22DT 

Congress: 2 sheepfoot, 1 pen, 1 cop 

Closed length; 3 1/4". (not shown) 


lSre41Z4B*^&luine Mother of Pearl handles. $ 19! 
5464 23DT. Genuine sambar stag handles. $ 18 
5464 22DT. Jigged gm bone handles. $ 15 

- ■ Boker USA, INC. • 1 550 Balsam Street • Lakewood, CO 802 1 4 - 59 1 7 

QQ||(EH Phone 1 .303.462.0662 • Fax 1 .303.462.0668 • Monday-Friday 8:00 am -4:30 pm (MST] 

BAUMWERK • SOLINGEN Email: sales@bokerusa.eom • Website: 

nsheathed «Xn©CI 

By Steve Shackleford 

Support Your Lo€al Knife 
Store or Wa§€h It Vanish 

A nostalgic nugget of Americana 
is the old-time retail knife store. 
George & Son in Portland, Oregon, 
is a classic example. 

All good things must come to an end, 
though, and you can add George & Son to 
the list. At 135 years old billed as the oldest 
knife store west of the Mississippi River, 
George & Son is owned and operated by 78- 
year-old Carl George, outgoing president 
of the National Independent Cutlery 
Association, who worked at the store since 
1952. Carl's grandfather established the 
first George & Son shop in Portland in 
1870. Carl was in the process of closing the 
store as BLADE® was going to press. 

George & Son offered a sharpening 
service second to none. "Some of our 
sharpening equipment is over 100 years 
old," Carl noted. Included is a "razor buck" 
used to sharpen razors for decades. 
Carl said he used four or five pieces 
of the unit for various sharpening jobs, 
including a facing wheel to sharpen 
shears. "It still has the stand and bearing 
from the old Edison bipolar electric 
motor my dad adapted," he said. 

Carl touched up the edges of each and 
every new knife before selling it. "Not 
all manufacturer's edges are good; all 
of our knives are sharp," store manager 
Carol Crawford asserted. George & Son 
also offered free sharpening for the life 
of any knife it sold. 

Carl is shutting the doors because it 
is time and he wants to do other things, 
not because of slow sales. Conversely, 
many retail knife stores in other areas 
are struggling to survive, even closing 
in some cases. It is a trend that has been 
ongoing for a decade or more and is the 
result of a number of factors, including 
increased competition and discounting 
from the so-called big box stores, small- 
time knife dealers who sell knives on 
the side, and, more recently, cutlery 
websites on the Internet. Other problems 
include finding enough good employees, 
government regulations, and the anti- 
knife mentality that is epidemic among 

10 /BLADE 

many shoppers, public officials, etc. 

Of course, the trend away from the 
small, independent store and to the big- 
name chains is a problem afflicting the 
retail industry in general. Carol cited 
Portland as an example. 

"In our area, Starbucks is strong and 
we've seen them buy out the leases of the 
little independents," she said. While the 
big-name chains expand, so does their 
domination of the consumer mindset. "As 
long as people are so store-name conscious, 
it's really going to be a problem for the 
small independent stores. People like to go 
into the same store and find the same stuff. 
[The big-name chains] appeal to a younger 
group of people," she observed, "and that's 
where the malls seem to think the bulk of 
the money is." 

Add the buying patterns of today's 

consumers, who avoid downtown and other 
places where the independents are and shop 
in one nearby retail enclave instead — such 
as wherever the Wal-Mart is — and the small 
stores are on the outside looking in. 

To survive and even prosper in some 
cases, a few retail knife stores, such as 
California's Plaza Cutlery and Nordic 
Knives, have started their own websites. 
Many have added a mix of non-knife 
products, including flashlights, steins, 
clocks, dolls, gifts for men and assorted 
other items. In the process, some have 
reduced knives to 40 percent or less of 
their inventory, making them specialty- 
item stores more than knife stores. If Carol 
were in charge, she said she would reverse 

"For retail knife stores to survive, they 
need to refocus on being quality experts 
on quality [knives]," she observed. To 
do this, the stores could spend more 
time training employees about knives, 
as well as enlightening customers who 
think kitchen knives that last 30-40 
years cost too much, but who don't 
think twice about spending the same 
amount on clothes that last less than 
a year 

Carol said retail knife stores should 
concentrate on cutlery-type items only. 
"[At George & Son] we sell knives, 
clippers and things related to them," 
she stressed. "With the kitchen knives 
we sell a lot of kitchen equipment, such 
as Microplane graters for grating hard 
cheeses [and other similar foodstuffs]. 
We spent time educating ourselves with 
those quality kitchen tools." 

Maybe the retail knife store 
will flourish again someday. Until 
that time, however, some of today's 
cutlery retailers must survive. Help 
by supporting your local retail knife 
store. Don't let it be the last of a dying 
breed. Benefit from the knife sales and 
service that such stores provide, and 
enjoy it in the process. 

APRIL 2006 

m w)w> VY m anocHTi miOTiun 

High quality adult collectible swords designed by fantasy artist, Kit Rae 







Mitnrodin' ^word 




produced by United® Cutlery Brands. See our tull line of 

Kit Rae® knives and swords available at knife dealers 

worldwide. Dealer inquiries invited, call (800) 548-0835 

or fax (865) 428-2267, and ask for Dept. BL03. 

1425 United Boulevard • Sevierviiie.TN 37876 • (865) 428-2532 ©2005 united- cuiiery corporation 

Cpm (5^ the Ideal 

6 ode St00 ? 

Those closely involved In 
the blade steel industry 
reveol CPAA 154's ^ 

pluses ond minuses 

By Joe Kertzman 


/ d 




















12 /BLADE 




^ > 


V, .><■ 

Knifemaker Tom Mayo is so taken with CPM 154 as a 
ttigh-quality biade steei, tie says, from tliis point forward, 
he'll employ it for 40 percent of his knife blades. Mayo's 
6 1/2-inch integral neck knife is fashioned from 1/8-inch- 
thick CPM 154, and with a Kydex® sheath, carries a 
maker's list price of $175. : 


'he search for the strongest, tough- 
est, edge-holding and stain-resistant 
blade steel is much like the quest 
for the Holy Grail — never quite reached, 
but always just beyond the fingertips. Such 
a steel would bend without breaking, cut 
without sharpening, chop without nicking 
and brave the elements without rusting. 

With no claims that Crucible Steel's 
newest offering — CPM 154 — is the be- 
all, end-all blade steel, Crucible's Scott 
Devanna divulges its qualifications as a hot 
contender in the quest for the best stainless 
steel available today. 

"It's a premium, quality stainless 
steel because it's made using the CPM 
[Crucible Particle Metallurgy] process. 
It is more user friendly that CPM S30V 
and will take an excellent finish," he 
says. "The only real complaint we've had 
about S30V is the difficulty in giving fin- 
ished blades a high polish. 

"Your standard stainless steel grades, 
like 440C, 154CM and ATS-34, don't 
have vanadium. When you add 4 percent 
vanadium, like we did with CPM S30V, 
you get carbides in there that give you 
much improved wear resistance, but the 
trade-off is that the steel is more difficult 
to finish," Devanna adds. 

After discussing such blade-steel is- 
sues with knifemakers who finish blades 
by hand. Crucible decided to manufac- 
ture a stainless steel identical to 154CM, 
but made using the CPM process. The 
result is CPM 154, and by employing the 
Crucible process, according to Devanna, 
there is excellent uniformity in the dis- 
tribution of carbides and alloying ele- 
ments throughout the steel. 

"With ATS-34 or 154CM, you can 
put a nice hand-rubbed finish on a knife 
blade, and if you hold it in just the right 
light, you can still see squiggly little 
lines in the finish," says knifemaker Bill 
Ruple. "You wouldn't see the lines under 
normal light, but you'd pick them up un- 
der a halogen light. 

"CPM 154 takes a lot nicer finish," 
he says. "The finish is important. I sell a 
lot of knives to collectors who expect fin- 
ishes to be perfect, and I've gotten to the 
point in my knifemaking career of putting 
a high finish on all my knives, even those 
I know will be scratched up." 

Knifemaker Tom Mayo follows the 
same line of reasoning. "CPM 154 takes 
a beautiful finish, grinds fairly easily 
and holds a good edge," he remarks. "If 
a guy is paying $500-$600 for a high- 
end folder, I want to find a steel that will 
make him happy." 

Devanna and Crucible Steel had a the- 
ory that, by recreating 154CM using the 
CPM process, not only would CPM 154 be 
easier for knifemakers to finish or polish to 
a high sheen, but it would also be tougher 
than 154CM, even though the elemental 
makeup of the two steels is identical. 

Bill Ruple's trapper combines 
CPM 154 blades witli 416 stainless 
steel bolsters and liners, and an 
amber-pici<-bone handle. He says 
the blades measure 59 Re on the 
Rockwell hardness scale. 


Begotten Ingots 

In using the CPM process, while the 
steel is in a molted-metal state and being 
poured into a large vessel, it is sprayed 
with an inert gas that atomizes the metal 
and causes it to form in small pellets. 
Those small pellets are HIP'd (Hot Iso- 
static Pressed) to form ingots. When the 
molted metal settles to the bottom of the 
vessel and cools, the steel is composed 
of round particle balls, each one a min- 
ute ingot. The carbides, thus, are evenly 
distributed throughout the steel. 

"Tests from our research facility in 
Pittsburgh show that CPM 154 is twice 
as tough as 154CM," Devanna notes. "It 
surprised everybody. We knew it would 
improve toughness, but we didn't know it 
would be that much." 

Though Mayo leaves the blade test- 
ing to the experts, and the results are still 
out from the field testers Ruple employs, 
knifemaker Darrel Ralph claims to have 
put some CPM 154 blades through the pac- 
es. "In testing this blade steel, I found it to 
be very tough, to take an extremely sharp 
edge and hold it, and it re-sharpens well. 

It is chemically as clean as AQ' — aircraft 
quality — steel, it's stain resistant and mir- 
ror polishes well," he says. 

Mayo chimes in, "The whole industry 
is looking for a balance between edge hold- 
ing and toughness. I admire the fact that 
Crucible is looking to progress in blade- 
making technology. I still value CPM S30V 
blade steel, but it's difficult to work. 

"S30V gets all these scratches in it that 
don't want to come out," he says. "You 
have to rub them and rub them, and belt 
them and belt them. That's part of the te- 
nacity of the material. It takes me twice as 
long to put a nice finish on a 154CM knife 
blade as it does a CPM 154 blade, and CPM 
S30V takes longer yet." 

Mayo, who primarily builds folders, 
estimates that 40 percent of the knives he 
makes from this point forward will sport 
CPM 154 blades. He plans to comple- 
ment those pieces with knives donning 
CPM S30V, Stellite® and Devin Thomas 
damascus blades. 

"With CPM 154, Crucible has tak- 
en 154CM up a couple notches," Mayo 
stresses. "CPM 154 can be sharpened by 

APRIL 2006 

BLADE/ 13 


the end user, and, unless you are accom- 
plished at honing knife blades, S30V is 
difficult to sharpen. [CPM 154] is a great 
all-around steel for the average guy who 
needs anything from a good hunting- 
knife steel or a blade to open cardboard 
boxes. In my opinion, there's no reason to 
use 154CM anymore." 

Ruple compares the grinding char- 
acteristics of CPM 154 to ATS-34 and 
440C, saying all three blade steels are 
relatively easy on grinding belts. If the 
results of field tests being conducted by 
his associates pan out, Ruple says he ex- 
pects to use a lot more CPM 154. 

"I'm looking forward to getting the re- 
sults back from guys I have using CPM 154 
blades in the field. They keep records, and 
I'll look at the test results and make a deci- 
sion of whether or not to abandon ATS-34 

and go strictly with CPM 154," he says. 

Free of Big, "Blocky," Bulky Carbides 

"CPM 154 should be even easier on belts 
and grinders than 154CM and ATS-34. 
The carbide structures on standard stain- 
less steels is bigger, bulkier and 'blockier' 
than that of CPM 154," Devanna says. 
"Since CPM 154's carbide structure is fin- 
er, cleaner and more evenly distributed, it 
is easier to grind and polish." 

Not only does Devanna claim that Cru- 
cible has created a cleaner, tougher stain- 
less steel, he also says, when heat treating 
CPM 154 and 154CM in identical ways, 
CPM 154 reaches a higher Rockwell hard- 
ness — by a point or a point and a half — 
than 154CM. 

"You can use a CPM 154 knife blade at 
a Rockwell hardness of a point or a point 

Aptly named the "Gun Hammer" 
folder, thl$ Issue's cover knife Is 
fashioned by Darrel Ralph with a 
one-hand-opening "flipper" mecha- ' 
nism that resembles the skeleton- 
ized trigger hammer of a 1911 
pistol. The frame-lock folder sports 
a CPM 154 blade, a titanium frame '^ 
and grooved green- or brown-G-W 
handle overlays. It Is available with 
or without an assisted-opening 
device, ahd ranges In maker's list 
prices of between $525 and $675. 

and a half higher than ATS-34 or 154CM 
and still have the same toughness," he re- 
lates. "And you have more wear resistance 
with CPM 154 because it doesn't have the 
tendency to chip or break, even at a higher 
Rockwell hardness. 

"It has its limitations as a big camp 
knife — the shortcoming of all stainless 
steels is that they are not as tough or im- 
pact resistant as high-alloy steels, and this 
is a stainless," Devanna allows. "I know 
someone who made a chopper out of the 
steel, a cutting competition knife, and it 
performed well, making it through the 
competition without any problems." 

Still, Devanna admits the steel is prob- 
ably more conducive to utility or daily-car- 
ry knife blades, including pocketknives, 
hunters and folders, than camp knives or 
large blades. It also costs more than stan- 
dard stainless steels — about one and a half 
times as much as ATS-34 or 154CM, but 
less than CPM S30V. 

"I54CM is still a viable stainless steel 
and the price point is better," Devanna 
says. "But if price wasn't a consideration 
and I had my choice between it and CPM 
154 for a knife blade, I'd take CPM 154, 

"It [CPM 154] doesn't add anything to 
the cost of my knives," Ruple says, "and 
it's becoming more available all the time. 
I visited Crucible last weekend. They 
have quite a bit of CPM 154 in stock, and 
they're getting it out there in dimensions 
knifemakers can use. Some other compa- 
nies offer steels in 2-inch bar stock, and 
it's no use to me." 

Devanna says Crucible carries CPM 
154 in stock that knifemakers can finish 
to 3/32-, 1/8-, 5/32-, 3/16- and 1/4-inch 
thicknesses, and is considering carrying 
1/2-inch stock for integral knives and 
fixed blades. 

"Crucible is the only steel company 
I know that is working with knifemak- 
ers and catering to them," Ruple remarks. 
"Some of the ideas for new steels that Cru- 
cible has come up with are the direct result 
of knifemakers contacting the company. 
CPM S30V is one of those." 

Devanna doesn't pretend that CPM 154 
is a better overall steel that CPM S30V. 
"Cost wise, CPM 154 is a good alternative 
to CPM S30V for production knife compa- 
nies," Devanna suggests. "But quite frank- 
ly, it isn't as good an overall blade steel as 
CPM S30V, and I think knife companies 
know that. If one of them wants to offer 
something different, CPM 154 is one more 
grade to consider, and it makes their finish- 
ing operations easier." 

A Bump in Performance 

Kershaw Knives gave CPM 154 a try on its 
Spec Bump assisted-opening folder, mainly 
because of the steel's "superior performance 
compared to more standard cutlery steels," 
according to Kershaw's Craig Green. "It 


APRIL 2006 





Faster, safer and easier 
to use than any knife on the 
market today. 

1996 - Blackie and Meyerco 
introduced the very first 
assisted-opening knife. 

2006 -Today Meyerco™ and 
Blackie celebrate their 10* 
Anniversary by introducing 
the all new state of the artThin 
A-OK model. 

All Thin A-OK models are 
lockback design. 

Removable Reversible 
Stainless Steel Clip 

Rsslsted Opening Knife 

The Next 

Generation of 








4481 Exchange Service Drive • Dallas, Texas 75236 

phone: 214.467.8949 • fax: 214.467.9241 

I (5 Tritium 


• 2DDM Waber HeBistant 

• Swiss MDvemenh 

• Sapphire Crystal 

• Trihium Markers + Hands 

• ID Year Warranty 

ASP 9410 

ASP 94E3 

•White, Black, Yellow or ^ 
Blue Brittlsh Chequer Dial 

• Titanium Coated 
Stainless Bracelet 

• Padded Storage Chest 

White, Black or Yellow 
Carbon Fiber Dial 
Zippered Case with 
Storage Tin 

The Kershaw Spec Bump is the sole knife 
model the company has offered with a CPM 
154 blade, and it was available in Crucible's 
new steel for a limited time only. While some 
CPM 154 models might still be available, for 
reasons outlined in the story, Kershaw has 
decided to change the Spec Bump blade 
steel to CPM S30V. 

ASP 3441 

White, Black or I 

Champagne Dial 
Rubber or Titanium 
Coated Stainless Bracelet 
Furniture Grade Wood 
Storage Chest 

Dealers Only Please 


1222D Parkvway Centre Drive 

PD\A/ai_j, CaliFarnia 92064 

Ph aan.3G7.59DD or B5a.715.25DD 

Fax aDD.3G759D3 or 953.715.2525 

Email: infDC^mateng.cnm 



has good edge retention and toughness, and 
decent corrosion resistance, yet CPM 154 is 
still workable as far as grinding, machining 
and finishing," he says. 

The disadvantage to CPM 154 is in 
its price. Green notes, saying that it is on 
the high end of the price curve for perfor- 
mance cutlery steels. He suggests CPM 
154 costs approximately four and a half 
times what 440A does, and being a pro- 
duction knife company, Kershaw buys 
steel in large volumes. 

"If Kershaw made the Spec Bump 
with a 440A blade instead of in CPM 154, 
it would probably retail for $125-$140," 
Green estimates. "The Spec Bump with a 
CPM 154 blade retails for $200." 

Green says that, since CPM 154 is 
tougher than 154CM and its Rockwell 
hardness is higher, it makes for a good 
using knife. Yet, when balancing perfor- 
mance with price, he thinks 154CM re- 
mains a viable option. 

"With the new year, we have changed 
the steel on the Spec Bump from CPM 
154 to CPM S30V," Green discloses. "The 
price of CPM 154 is not much less than that 

of CPM S30V, and therefore we have cho- 
sen to use S30V and retain the same MSRP 
[manufacturer's suggested retail price]." 

Because Mayo makes knives one at 
a time, cost doesn't factor into his steel 
choices as much as it does for knife fac- 
tories. "At S25-$30 a pound, or $50 a 
pound when precision ground, CPM 154 
isn't a big cost factor in a $500 knife," he 
says. "I can make four knife blades from 
a pound of steel. 

"I know CPM 154 will be improved 
upon," Mayo adds. "Advancements in met- 
allurgy will result in better products." 

"A lot of these steels have come out of 
the aerospace industry, and there are al- 
ways new and better alloys," Ruple agrees. 
"I'm thankful we have a company like 
Crucible supplying better steels and alloys. 
There's always room for improvements in 
blade steel." 

For the addresses of the experts contacted 
for this story, see "Where To Get 'Em" on 
page 109. 

16 /BLADE 

APRIL 2006 


p r 


h« ATC^ 





GREG LIGHTFOOT )rth knives true north knives true nor 
.8 Mag Frame LockX* 

Limited to 10 numbered kniv^. 
! Extreme Jewelry Tin Box sMm 
TrBuI! Sharks Tooth Cast in Ster|ii|^ 
Imrer made in to a Man's Rin' 

orth knives true north kn ve 

■ / ■ ^V* ^ I ■ / 

sun Hammer Radian 


Manual flipper $525.00 

ower Assisted Robo $675.00 


Stellite 6K Blade. $695.00 

TRUE north KNF 


51 ^ ■ 'J inj[fj;<iii 


rM ■ I Bandit 

lOV $435.00 Stainless Damascus $550.00 

^ Dictator ^ 

TkNew Cool Scales 
Tting at $525.00 
rainless Damascus comin 



g soon 





' * ■! II acrtirti :ir<.''i >Ti 4.-«iLiiJKtiiai 





Frame Lock 

.. JKick Titanium 
^"SSOV $475.00"^ 
inlets Damascus coming soon! 



.=^^<^ BRIAN TIGHE \^KD "^'- PARDEE The PAR LOW Lock Back 

l™WE Afresh version of vourqranddaddv's Barlow 


The Neck Tighe - Fixed Blade Neck Knife 
The Button Tighe - A Button Lock Flipper! 



PIRELA BLADE DESIGN - Exclusives from Rick Hinderer The Thoroughbred JOHN W. SMITH 

teDarrel Ralph, Brian Tighe, Greg Lightfoot and more! (Frame Lock Flipper) 

E NORTH KNIVti _^^_^*-^-^-«iRUE NORTH KNI' 


RG-1 Fighter 


. ■ I ^ ■ ^ 

^ R-hiB W^f*^ ■ R^r^ B B B ^^r 

■the Krfif e i "carrv 

"/ love knives and wanted to have a collection of them ever since I 
was a kid. However, I never owned any pocketknives until last year. I 
bought a few cheap ones and outgrew them real fast. To my surprise, 
my boyfriend Kenny bought me this wonderful Kershaw Leek, a Ken 
Onion design, and also a year's subscription to BLADE®. / carry the 
knife with me in my purse at all times, except when I have to travel by 
plane. I love the feel and design of it; It has a very clean, modern look. 
When I show It off to my friends, the women think I'm weird or crazy, 
and the men don't know what to think — though they all have the urge 
to teach me how to handle a knife!" 

— Hilda Ho, Laguna Niguel, California 

"While I own three bowies, eight Westerns, 14 
Randalls and 16 Bucks, my primary collection is 70 
World War II combat knives and bayonets. The knives 
I carry every day are a 3-Inch Randall Model 10 and. 
In my pocket, a three-blade Schrade Old Timer 
Model 340T. My newest favorite is a Lakota Trophy 
Hunter II. I'm looking forward to my next hunting trip." 

— Donald Fox, Shelton, Washington 

"The LaGana Tactical Tomahawks from American Tomahawk are doing great 
and my soldiers love them. Almost every soldier in my outfit now carries his 
own in combat. I have used mine several times in action. Including breaking 
open the trunk of this car." 

— LTC John Norris (near right), 4-23 Infantry Battalion, Mosul, Iraq 

Just tell us briefly what knife you carry. 
Add a little history or an interesting 
anecdote. Try to include a sharp 
photograph of you and your knife. We 
will publish your comments in an 
upcoming "The Knife I Carry." Your 
name will then be entered in a drawing 
to win a free, high-quality, name-brand 
pocketknife. The drawing will be held 
May 15. Mail to: BLADE Magazine®, P.O. 
Box 789, Ooltewah, TN 37363-0789, or 
e-mail If 
you send your entry by e-mail, please 
include your mailing address in case 
you win the drawing for the pocketknife. 

18 /BLADE 

APRIL 2006 

bpwie mystery 

\A'ccording to the author, the Tunstall bowie has all the charac- 
teristics of the Carrigan knife, the latter which some believe 
was made by James Black. As the author writes, "The nicely 
figured walnut grip looks as if it came from the same tree as 
the Carrigan handle. The grip is in an almost pristine condition, 
the best that I have seen." (image courtesy of the Saunders 
Museum, Berryvllle, Arkansas) ~ 

By James Batson 




"aving attended the ABS Hall of Fame 
ceremonies in Little Rock, Arkansas, 
.on Saturday, Aug. 9, 2003, 1 decided 
to drive to Berryville, Arkansas, the next day 
to examine the Tunstall bowie knife in the 
Saunders Museum. 1 became aware of the 
knife in 1988 at the beginning of my quest 
for the original bowie. 

The guard-less, coffin-handle Tunstall 
piece appeared to have been made by the 
same hand as the Carrigan bowie. (Editor's 
note: On display in the Historic Arkansas 

Museum in Little Rock, the Carrigan bowie 
is believed by some to have been made by 
James Black, who in turn is believed by some 
to have made a knife for Blade Magazine 
Cutlery Hall-Of-Famer© James Bowie.) 
Some say that the Tunstall knife is not an 
antique but made in the 1940s. I wanted to 
see it firsthand to make my own judgment. If 
genuine, it could be an important piece in the 
bowie knife puzzle. 

Berryville is about 200 miles northwest 
of Little Rock in the heart of the Ozarks. I 

The aMttioi" begins his 

seahch fo|" ;t1ie dia^7 

docu^nen'C'ing wh^t 

^eahs ,tD te a Rezifi 

BoW:ie |).hesen|ta,i:iofi .kri'rfe 

APRIL 2006 




Adam Fox ' 
Carmel, California 

Advance Cutlery 

So. California 

Amencan Flags & Cutlery 

Ventura, CA 

Beck's Cutlery 
Gary, North Carolin 

Cutlery Corner 
2 stores in Utah 

Edgewater Cutlery 

San Luis Obispo. CA 

Exca 11 bur Cutlery 

9 Stores in OR & WA 

(800) 366-7405 

www.e )cca !i bu rcutle ry. CO m 

Fan no's Cutlery 

Chico, CA 
(530) 895-1762 

George & Son 
Portiand, OR 
(503) 227-2087 

Guns & Knives 

Ft. Lauderdale, FL 

(954) 735-8829 


J.T. Knives 

Port Jervis, NY 
(845) 656-6904 

Nagel's Gun Shop 
San Antonio, TX 

Nashville Knife Shop 
Nashville, Indiana 

Nordic Knives 

Solvang, CA 
www. nord 


* Large Sobenza with S30V 
tanto blade 

* Satin finish titonium scales 

* Scales scrolled with grophic lines 
and circles cut into the titanium. 

* 200 piece edition 

* $449.95 

www, plazacu tie r^.com 

& J Cutlery 
cton/tlle, CA 

Renaissance Revival 
Bend, OR 

Spartan Cutlery 
Spoi<ane, WA 
(509) 482-7554 

The Edge 

4 stores in So. Caiifornia 

(858) 573-2663 


Thee Cutlery 

Manhattan Beach, CA 


The Knife Gallery 

Brea & Orange, Caiifornia 

(714) 990-0556 

The Knife Shop 

8 stores in Arizona 

(877) 790-5800 

World of Knives 

Crystal, MN 

(763) 533-9441 

www. safe -l<nife. com 

We Be Knives 

San Francisco, CA 


www. webe l< 

Whlttler's Bench 

Indianapolis, Indiana 




oowie mystery 

arrived in the afternoon after taking a detour 
toward Branson, Missouri, approaching Ber- 
ryville from the north through Blue Eye. 

The Saunders Museum is one block east 
of the historic Berryville Square on Madison 
Street. The museum was closed Sunday but 
opened Monday at 10 a.m. West of town, I 
found a good motel by the golf course. For 
dinner 1 went to Eureka Springs, a nearby 
resort village situated atop a ridge. 

Monday morning at 10 o'clock I entered 
the museum and inquired about the Tunstall 
knife, and if 1 could see the pages from the 
diary that documented the bowie's prov- 

Visit for 
locations & information about NIC A 

20 / BLADE 

APRIL 2006 


•* if 

The Tunstall knife is extiibited in the 
Saunders Museum alongside the ivory- 
mounted, gold-plated Chinese-style 
dagger made by Will & Finck that had 
belonged to William F. "Buffalo Bill" 
Cody. Cody reportedly used the dagger 
in his legendary fight with the Indian 
warrior, Yellow Hand, on July 17, 1876. 
On four facets of the pommel are en- 
graved "Denver," "1874," "Buffalo" and 
"Bill." (images courtesy of the Saunders 
Museum, Berryville, Arkansas) 

enance. The ladies in the museum knew 
nothing about the diary but they knew where 
the knife was. I was not allowed to handle 
the antique bowie, for it was locked under 
glass. It was exhibited alongside the ivory- 
mounted, gold-plated Chinese-style dagger 
made by Will & Finck that had belonged to 
William F. "Buffalo Bill" Cody 

It took me only a few minutes to deter- 
mine that the Tunstall bowie was real and 
not a fake. I could see the entire knife except 
the underside on which it rests. Oh, how I 
wanted to hold it in my hands! It has all the 
characteristics of the Carrigan knife. The 
nicely figured walnut grip looks as if it came 
from the same tree as the Carrigan handle. 
The grip is in an almost pristine condition, 
the best that I have seen. 

Col. C. Burton Saunders 

Charles Burton Saunders was born in 1863 
near Greenville, Texas. After being attacked 
by Indians, his father moved to Arkansas 
and, in 1867, to Berryville. 

Saunders' grandfather taught him to 
shoot. He soon became a crack shot at an 
early age and obtained the nickname "Buck" 
for his deer-hunting prowess. 

After attending a business school in St. 
Louis, he obtained a position in a bank at Eu- 
reka Springs. At 25 he was made a deputy 
U.S. marshal. In 1893 he attended the World 
Columbia Exposition in Chicago. According 
to biographer Frances McClelland, Saunders 
performed some shooting exhibitions with 
Annie Oakley in Buffalo Bill's Wild West 
Show. He then went to the gold fields in Brit- 
ish Columbia and wound up as a banker in 
San Francisco, where he started his first gun 
collection and kept it in a downtown office. 
The collection was destroyed in the San 
Francisco earthquake of April 1906. 

In November 1906 he married Mrs. Ger- 
trude Bowers, a widow of great wealth. Three 
years later they started on a trip around the 
world. Saunders' collecting hobby flourished 
in a new way. 

Shortly after returning from the trip, 
Mrs. Saunders died. Mr. Saunders went 
home to Berryville in 1919. He stored his col- 
lection in a large two-story house that is now 

with SpefedSafe® 


Model 1600VIB 

MSRP $77.95 

Steel .420HC stainless-steel 


Handle...410 stainless-steel 


Blade 1 15/16 in. 

(4.9 cm) 
Closed...2 7/8 in. 

(7.3 cm) 
Weight...1.9 oz. 
Includes gift tin 


Model 1660VIB 

MSRP S99.95 

Steel .440A stainless-steel 

titanium-oxide coated 

Handle...410 stainless-steel 
titanium-oxide coated 

Blade 3 in. (7.5 cm) 

Closed...4 in. (10.3 cm) 

Weigtit...3.1 oz. 

Patented ^ 



^ ►^ - 

K N I vm E s 

for information or a dealer near you, calt 1-8 


Kershaw Ken Orion knives are covered by US Patent Nnnbers: 
imn ■ 6,145,20! ■ 6,338,431 ■ 6,397,416 

APRIL 2006 

BLADE / 21 

1^' RERRYVIMJ-, Alt 728 

( « 70)11 2;t=;i;t i » • s a i;i;s^ w i lsomac ii cal. com 








oowie mysfery 

the Berryville City Hall. He died in October 
1952 at the age of 89. He bequeathed his col- 
lection, house and other property to the city 
of Berryville. He also left money to build the 
museum that was finished in May 1956. 

Famous Marksman 

As noted, Saunders was proficient with a pis- 
tol or rifle. He was so accurate that, as a boy, 
he would dispatch the squirrels he hunted by 
shooting them in the eye. While in Paris in 
1910 he won the prestigious Renette prize, the 
world championship for pistol shooting. When 
he was 75 he won the Southwestern Missouri 
pistol shooting championship. At 80, using his 
favorite .22 pistol, he could still hit pennies 
and other objects thrown into the air. 

Butch Hanby's father owned the lumber 
company across from the museum. Butch 
told me that when he was a boy, "Buck would 
come by the lumber company and while 
away some time. He always carried a pistol 
that shot BBs. Buck chewed tobacco and 
would spit on the sidewalk. He told the boys 
to be still. Flies were attracted to the [tobacco 
juice] and would become victims to his un- 
erring aim [with the] BB pistol." 

Provenance Matters 

Saunders collected objects of artistic merit 
the world over but his first love was Ameri- 
cana of historical significance and guns, 
mostly pistols. He not only collected items 

Col. Charles Burton Saunders had a 
lifelong fascination with firearms. His 
first collecting love was Americana of 
historical significance and, of course, 
guns, mostly pistols. In the Saunders 
Museum you can see pistols once used 
by Billy the Kid, Jesse James, Cherokee 
Bill, Belle Starr, Cole Younger, Wild Bill 
Hickok and Buffalo Bill Cody, (image 
courtesy of the Saunders Museum, Ber- 
ryville, Arkansas) 

22 / BLADE 

APRIL 2006 


Still OiB finest iB KalfemaklBg iQBlpmeat anil Sanilles fw 0mr25 Yaars 
S Gomblae Your oraers with MUn SOPPIY 




12"W X 18"L X 8"H (fcWeighs 28 Lbs. 
Uses Standard rx30" Belts 
LSlOO 329.95 





WKS800-- K" Knilb Sharpening Whtiil 

Sel and a BL i 1 4- Baldor Buffer 

1/41 tP .1800 RPM 

JSSfl! ShaipeniDg OutfiU 179.95 

Wiltun'ii 14" 


Features: 1 HP, 

1 PH, 1 725 RPM, 1 1 5/230 VAC motor. 
GG8201 Tradesman 1095.00 


nNi — 


PO BOX S84- Bl f^#=* 
OAWS OK 73030' 



1 hp Standard Speed 
Uses 2" X 72" Belts 
GGSW Model 4103 1299.00 

MENT — Complete with elevator 
and moutJDg attachment. 
GH203 319.95 


1-1/2 HP Standard Speed 

uses 2" X 72" belts. 

BMlOl ...1350.00 

Includes: Cool bar, work rest, platen 
attachment, ID" Smooth Contact 
Wheel. Uses 2" x 72" belts. 


KMGIOO 925.00 




KF135 13.5 Depth 850.00 

KF180 18-0 Depth 895,00 

KF225 22.5 Depth 940.00 

KF321 12" s 25 TOIL 39.95 


8" Contact Wheel 
Fixed Speed 4400 
I HP, 120 volt. 
With cord and 

Use 2" X 72" Belts. 
Showri with 
optional stand. 

BK99100.Bun- King Grinder. 1497.00 

I Belts are available in the 
popular sizes for Knifemakei^.We 
carry Kesin Bond, IVIIcron, Trizact, 
and Cubitron in variaous grades. Call 
for availability. 





^©X^^D© [rim\7©S^Gr^ 

that were used by Indians, desperadoes and 
wealthy men, but he collected the provenance 
that proved the item was what it was sup- 
posed to be. In the museum of 1,000 guns, 
you can see pistols once used by Billy the 
Kid, Jesse James, Cherokee Bill, Belle Starr, 
Cole Younger, Wild Bill Hickok and Buffalo 
Bill. You can view the war bonnet of Sitting 
Bull and the medicine shirt that the great 
Sioux chief wore at Little Big Horn. 

Saunders was acquainted with Buffalo 
Bill and with men who possessed historic 
artifacts and Indian relics. Saunders was 
known to keep track of an item he wanted for 
years until he found it for sale. 

Such was the case when he bought the 
headdress and medicine vest of Sitting Bull. 

Berryvllle Is located on 
the shortest route 
between the 
Dollar City ^^ 
area and 

In Family Circle magazine on Jan. 21, 1938, 
Harold O. Taylor wrote: "Most of the Indian 
relics in the [Saunders] museum came from 
Chief Wa-Sho-Sho, last chief of the Coman- 
ches, who also was known as Captain W.B. 
Hicks, and who traveled with Buffalo Bill's 
[Wild West] show." 

After Sitting Bull died in 1890, his squaw 
gave the old warrior's headdress and vest to 
Capt. Hicks, who reportedly treasured them 
greatly. Twenty years later, Saunders learned 
that Chief Wa-Sho-Sho (Hicks) was in Jop- 
lin, Missouri, en route to Washington to seek 
an increased pension for his work as a pio- 
neer scout. Concluding that the chief was in 
financial straits, Saunders went to Joplin to 
visit him, and in a few hours had obtained 


Col. Saunders was acquainted with Buf- 
falo Bill (right) and with men who pos- 
sessed historic artifacts and Indian rel- 
ics. Saunders obtained the war bonnet 
of Sitting Bull (left) and the medicine 
shirt that the great Sioux chief wore at 
Little Big Horn, both of which are on dis- 
play in the Saunders Museum. 

the cherished objects. According to reports, 
"The chief sold the relics with the greatest re- 
luctance, and then only because they would 
be held by his old friend. Colonel Saunders." 

As noted, in the case in the Saunders 
Museum containing the Tunstall knife is the 
Will & Finck dagger that Buffalo Bill report- 
edly used in his fight with Yellow Hand on 
July 17, 1876. On four facets of the pommel 
are engraved "Denver," "1874," "Buffalo" 
and "Bill." Different eyewitness accounts of 
the encounter vary as to whether Cody shot 
or knifed Yellow Hand, a Cheyenne chief, 
but the accounts confirm that he scalped him. 
In a case behind the museum reception desk 
is an exhibit of documents that include a no- 
tarized affidavit on Will & Finck stationery 
verifying that the dagger was delivered to 
Buffalo Bill Cody in Denver in 1874. 

But back to the Tunstall knife: Where 
were the pages of the diary that verify the 
presentation of the knife to Capt. Thomas T. 
Tunstall by Col. Bowie? And what were the 
circumstances that convinced Col. Saunders 
that the knife was authentic? 

Next time: The author journeys to Batesville, 
Arkansas, to learn exactly who Thomas T 
Tunstall was, of his connection to members 
of the James Bowie family, and of the all- 
important role played by Sheldon I. Kellogg. 


APRIL 2006 

I ^eUuMyldVm^ 12, 2006 
rnanaalay (Bay Keso^t <§l C^aslno 

Thousands of collectibles, sporting arms and handmade knives, 

presented by more than 1,000 exhibitors in a quality 180,000 square foot 

meeting facility at the magnificent Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino. 


mest Badge $90.00 



P.O. BOX 2197, CATHEDRAL CITY, CA 92235 
PHONE: 760.202.4489 fax: 760.202.4793 






Leatherman's E307x features a 2.8- 
inch blade of 154CM stainless that 
was shaving sharp out of the box, a bit 
driver with assorted two-ended bits and 
flat- and Phillips-head screwdrivers, a 
folding carabiner clip/bottle opener that 
locks open, and a "Bit Kit." Weight: 4.2 
ounces. Closed length: 3.875 inches. 

By Steve Shackleford 

What Took 'em So 

About 15 years after the rush to follow its 
multi-tool lead, Leatherman joins the knife party 

26 / BLADE 

APRIL 2006 

After a few attempts with the Blade 
Launcher of the E307x, you will be flick- 
ing the blade open like a pro in no time. 

Considering all the knife companies 
that have produced multi-tools over 
the past decade and a half, it is not 
that the folks at Leatherman Tool Group 
have come out with a line of knives that is 
so surprising as that it has taken them so 
long to do it. 

As for those who say Leatherman's 
multi-tools are also knives, I will not dis- 
agree. However, the multi-tools are knives 
second and multi-tools first, so I stand by 
my lead paragraph. 

The company has introduced not "just 
a knife" — or, as its promotional material 
attests, "If it was just another knife, it 

wouldn't be a Leatherman" — but six fold- 
ers, all with blades, of course, but also the 
non-cutting features that you would ex- 
pect from the outfit that started the mod- 
ern multi-tool movement. 

Bit-Driver Knives 

The two models that will remind you 
more of the company's multi-tools are 
the K502x and E306x/E307x. The blades 
of both are 154CM stainless and come 
in plain or combo edges. Operating on 
a locking liner, each opens one-handed 
either by a thumb stud or the "Blade 
Launcher" flipper mechanism. 



MODEL #610SBK Rukus 

©2006 Benchmade Knife Co, Oregon City, OR, USA 

APRIL 2006 

BLADE / 27 

Green Beret Knife 

Efficient, h>u^, 

Words that describe the 
men of the U.S. Army 
Special Korces. 


Words thai describe 
the knile designed 
spcei Ileal l\ tor these 
men - the knife ihal 
is presented to c\-a'\- 
graduate from 
Special I'oice.s 
Course - the 
Yarbo rough. 

Identical except 
for the markings. 
Thf Green Beri't 
Knife is a 
no- nonsense, 
tool, dcsiancd 
by Bill Harsey 
and made to 
the leg end an, 
standards of 
quality by 
Chris Reeve 

7 inch blade, 

Cl^M S.^OV 

coated witli 

KG Giinkole ' 

grey canvas micarta handles. 

Ready for a lifetime of 

Visit our web 

site for a 


listing of our 

fine one-piece and folding 

blade models. 



f 'hris Reeve Kni^^es i 
116241V. I>iie,isi[leiit Di;,#B 

Boise. IilahciR37IJ 

I !.j '.( -I - 

1 ;J -I ."I ,*f ,-) ,-l 
i 'i fl rt *i fi •! 
. ,1 :'/ .-I -I 'I ?i .'I : 

' ,"' r* ,-' r' i'^ /■' r' i 
i ri t'l fi ,*i rl ,'i r' , 

I '!''•! -I -I -J 
-I •(■•i-J *l 

;• ( I rl ;-l -[■; 

Like the E307x, 'the'l54CM blade' of the 
K500X was shaving sharp out of the | 
box. To access the carabiner clip/blade 
opener, simpiy [jress down on the 
ridged notch behind the rhid-locl< bar 
and siide it out from the handle butt. 
Weight: 4.6 ounces. Closed length: 4.5 
inches. MSRP: $70. ^ 

■'( ;l '■! 

Each model is thick along the lines of 
a mid-range Swiss Army knife and high- 
lighted by folding bit drivers, including a 
selection of two-ended bits and flat- and 

Phillips-head screwdrivers that store 
in an accompanying "Bit Kit." The bits 
simply snap in and out of the bit driver, 
which folds open and closed on a slip 

28 / BLADE 

APRIL 2006 

joint. Two bits store in slots in tlio lunuilo 
for quick, easy access. Additional a.,Cvs- 
sory bits are available. 

A carabiner clip/bottle opener folds 
out of the back of the handle on the butt 
end and locks open. Push it in toward the 
butt to unlock it and fold it closed. 

The handle is machined aluminum 
with glass-filled nylon inserts and 
stainless steel bolsters. The pocket clip 
is removable. 


The 2.8-inch blade of the E307x provid- 
ed for this story was shaving sharp out 
of the box. It is a good length for most 
standard cutting needs and is under the 
3-inch length maximum of many jurisdic- 
tions. After a few attempts with the Blade 
Launcher, you will be flicking the blade 
open with panache in no time. 

The bits snap in and out of the bit 
driver with ease. Too thick for my tastes 
for pocket carry, the knife is more suited 
for toting in the handsome belt sheath that 
is provided. However, the thick grip — at 


with SpeedSafe 

Patented Assisted-Opening System 



Model 1585BR 

MSRP $74.95 

Knife maker's Hall of Fame member, Frank 
Centofante, joins Ken Onion and Kershaw to 
bring you two new folding knives tbat provide 
both elegance and function- 
plus the leading 

expect from Kershaw. The new Models 1610 
and 1615 (with genuine pearl inlay) combine 
Centofante style, including lightweight 
aluminum scales and 410 stainless-steel, 
with Kershaw's Ken Onion SpeedSafe 
assisted opening 

Steel .440A stainless-steel 

with high polish finish 

Handle...6061-T6 anodized aluminum 
with smoked finish 

Blade 2 in. (5.1 cm) 

Closed...2 3/4 in. (7.0 cm) 


Model 1610 

MSRP $69.95 

Steel .440A stainless-steel 

Handle...6061-T6 anodized aluminum 

Blade 2 1/4 in. (5.7 cm) 

Closed...3 1/8 in. (7.9 cm) 
Includes pocket clip 


The results are knives that handle the tough 

tasks and look good doing it. 

Also new in 2005 are Ken Onion's Baby Boa 
and Mini Mojo. The Baby Boa mirrors the lines 
of the larger Boa but offers something special 
of its own. 

A unique ^^ 

cutaway in the handle exposes 
the SpeedSafe torsion bar to give you a 
unique glimpse at the inner workings of the 
system. The Mini Mojo combines SpeedSafe 
with our newly patented Stud took. Stud 
took offers super-secure locking, yet is easy 
to release when you're ready to use it. All four 
new knives are superb examples of the Knife 
maker's art and Kershaw's forward-thinking 

CENTOFANTE-ONION steel .440A stalnless-steel 

Model 1615 Handle...410 polished stalnless-steel with 
iicDD too oc Tungsten DLC coating S Pearl inlays 

MiKP^yy.yb jy^ 2 1/4 in. (5.7 cm) 

Closed...3 1/8 in. (7.9 cm) 


Includes leather sheath with clip 

MSRP $99.95 

Steel .440A 

Handle...410 stainless-steel 

with G-10 inserts 

Blade 2 3/8 in. (6.1 cm) 

Closed...3 1/2 in. (8.9 cm) 
Weight...31 oz. 
Includes NEW patented 

K N I vm E s 

For information or a dealernear you, call • 1-800-325-2891 • 

Kershaw Ken Onion kni»es are covered by US Patent Numiiers: 5,802,722 • 6145,202 • 6,338,431 ■ 6,397,476 

APRIL 2006 

BLADE / 29 


least by knife standards — is about the 
width/girth of a screwdriver handle, just 
right for torquing down a screw with the 
bit driver. 

While the carabiner clip/bottle opener 
is a clever feature, if you are clumsy like 
me, pay attention when you unlock and 
close it. I found that holding the knife 
handle firmly with my left hand (I am 
right-handed) and squeezing the end of 
the carabiner between the thumb and fore- 
finger of my right hand before pushing it 
in and then folding it closed was the best 

way to accomplish the feat. 

One thing you will notice on the 
E307x is that the bolster insert to which 
the clip is attached wiggles back and forth 
slightly. According to Nathan Knight, 
Leatherman's lead designer for the 300 
series knives, the give in the insert is in 
part intentional. 

"The bolster and aluminum scale are 
designed with clearance so that the parts 
always fit together," he explained. "These 
two parts are currently both at the mini- 
mum tolerance, which creates the maxi- 
mum amount of clearance and wiggle. 
In the future we may be able to tighten 
down the tolerances and remove some of 
the wiggle. We have to make sure that the 

BeCkWith'S T-ierlght knife... 

af the right price... 
Disci CS i'^KNivES" for the work you do!!! 

■ MeaVcu; -J, B E N C H ^A D E' COLO % JEEL ^COLUMBIA 

Kits'/ . . . > . ,0 WmUiSUtinstS. SlaitrnlKmtK! 9% R f V E R i ',' ,. 


713-935-0886 - 10801 Hamnierlv Blvd., #200. Houston, TX 77043 

dimensions of both parts are stable be- 
fore we make any changes. [However], it 
doesn't affect performance." 

The "Knife" Knives 

The K500x, E304x/E305x, E302/E303 
and E300/E301 are mid-lock utility fold- 
ers. All but the E302/E303, which has 
folding flat- and Phillips-head screwdriv- 
ers, are standard knives with blades and 
carabiner clips. 

Each folder has a 2.8-inch blade — ex- 
cept for the KSOOx's, which is 3.1 inches — 
that come in plain and serrated edges. The 
K500x and E304x/E305x have 154CM 
stainless blade steel, while the E302/E303 
and E300/E301 boast the less expensive 
420 stainless. Handles are glass-filled ny- 
lon of skeletal construction or glass-filled 
nylon with rubber inserts. 


The K500x submitted for this story is a 
workmanlike folder. As with the E307x, 
the 3.1-inch 154CM blade was shaving 
sharp out of the box. The handle is com- 
fortable and, at 4.6 ounces, the knife has a 
nice, solid heft to it. 

The folder's most notable feature is the 
combination carabiner clip/bottle opener. 
Rather than folding out as on the E307x, it 
slides out. To access it, press down on the 
ridged notch behind the mid-lock bar and 
slide the clip/opener out from the handle 

30 / BLADE 

APRIL 2006 

butt. Simply place the bottle-opening fea- 
ture over the cap, push down with your 
forefinger and pull the cap back and off 
the bottle top, and you are ready to drink 
or pour your favorite beverage. 

Final Cuts 

As you might imagine, there will be those 
who will say they expected more from 
Leatherman's first attempt at knifemak- 
ing. Maybe they are right, maybe they are 
wrong. Some will even say that the E307x 
is not a knife at all but another multi-tool 
with a blade. If that is the case, then there 
are scores of Swiss Army knives out there 
that are not really knives, either. 

On the other hand, there will be those 
who will buy the new knives and keep 
them in mint condition in the box. As the 
first knives of their kind by Leatherman, 
they no doubt will be valuable in the eyes 
of some collectors in years to come, and 
those in mint condition in the box will be 
even more so. 

As for me, I am going to continue 
using the bottle-opening feature on the 
K500x until I get it just right. Salute! 

For more information contact Leatherman 
Tool Group, attn: M. Baker, Dept. BL4, 
12106 NE Ainsworth Cir., Portland, 
OR 97220-9001 503.253.7826 www. 

V m cALii 




A Plaza Cutlery 

Plaza Cutlery Exclusive by Chris Reeve Knives "Doggy Knives"! Featuring the Large 
and Small Sebenza with silver contrast paw prints on the side of the knife! Large 
Sebenza is $449.95 and the Small Sebenza is $399.95! We usually have_stock, 
but can run out, so order early for the holidays! 


you of your 

best friend each 

time you use 

your knife!! 

Plaza Cutlery • E-mail: dan@plazacutlery.conn 

3333 S. Bristol St., Suite 2060, Costa Mesa, CA 92626 

714-549-3932 Ordering Toll Free 866-827-5292 

Phone orders welcome and we accept all major credit cards! 

Proudly Made in the USA 

Revolutionary New Pin Lock 

Ultra Safety Mechanism 

A Blackie Collins Collaboration 

Superior Spring Action 

Spring Assist P.L.U.S. Mechanism 



In this position with the button 
end of the knife pointed down 
towards the ground - 
Tha knife can not be opened. 
When you are ready to open the 
knife, remove the additional safety 
and rotate the knife lo pos.itior\ #2. 


Now the knife sits in your hand 
wi|h {he button end up. Simply 
push the flat section of the blade 
in towards the handle and "slip" 
your finger out of the way, 
The blade will snap open with 
the famous Pro-tech 
coil spring action. 


When you are ready to c^ose the knife - 

be sure it is in the button up position 

as shown. 

Press the button to unJock the blade, 

fold the blade closed completely 

into the handle. 

Keep pressure on the blade and hold it 

in the closed position and rotate. 


The pin wilJ fall back into place, 
locking the blade into position. 
Be Sure to put the extra safety 
in (he ON position. 

Pro-Tech Knives, LLC 

SantQ Fe Springs, CoUfomla 


APRIL 2006 

BLADE / 31 

WhUe axiy number 
of eienients can 
play a factor, it 
may all. come 
down to personal 

32 / BLADE 

APRIL 2006' 

The decision concerning wliat ma- 
terial you clioose for your sheath 
may be as complex as the one to 
select the knife itself. Personal prefer- 
ence is always a leading factor in the 
choice, and the short answer may sim- 
ply lie in what you plan to do with the 
knife. Outdoor use in which a blade is 
subject to changing weather conditions 
might make the pick a synthetic materi- 
al, while pure aesthetics or a traditional 
look and feel may mean a natural mate- 
rial is required. 

Opinions and preferences vary, how- 
ever, and both synthetic and natural ma- 
terials may iind a place in either setting. 
Ultimately, the sheath material employed 
often results in a compromise of sorts. 

"Water does not 
hurt leather." 

— Kenny Rowe 

"Leather traditionally has been a 
functional option as well as a stylish op- 
tion," remarked Mike Janich, Masters 
of Defense (MOD) brand manager for 
BlackHawk Products Group. "When you 
think of leather in any application, it adds 
that touch of class to things, but it has its 
limitations because of the nature of the 
material. With hard tactical use in harsh 
conditions like the guys in the Middle 
East go through with temperature and hu- 
midity extremes, it highlights the short- 
comings of leather as a functional option. 
Scuba divers can't use leather, and anyone 
working around saltwater runs the risk of 
getting the sheath wet and having acid 
used in the tanning process leach onto the 
blade. That is a recipe for disaster." 

Janich is quick to add that leather 
sheaths are a great option in the hand- 
made knife realm. "In many cases you 
have leatherwork on the sheath that is 
just as much of a custom creation as 
the knife itself," he observed, "so it's a 
value-added thing and goes along with a 
truly classy package." 

MOD/BlackHawk offers a few collect- 
ible knives with leather sheaths, but the 
vast majority of its selection is equipped 

r Justin Reichert's leather belt sheath 
boasts tiger-stripe camo and a snap 
strap. The way he positions the snap 
in the leather ensures that it does not 
rub on the knife handle. The outfit also 
straps in a variety of positions to a leg, 
harness or backpack. His base price for 
such a sheath: $35-$40 and up, depend- 
ing on materials. The straight knife by 
Todd Davison boasts a tanto blade of 
D-2 tool steel and a snakewood handle. 

APRIL 2006 

BLADE / 33 

Extraordinary Tools & Blades | 888-SOG-BEST 

34 / BLADE 

APRIL 2006 

with Kydex®. The company has launched 
a line of knives featuring 100 percent 
American-made materials, and the sheaths 
were being developed at press time. Janich 
said that one synthetic showing promise is 
the injection-molded material, Hytrel®. 

A Better Fit? 

While cowhide leather is the primary 
natural material used for sheaths, Ar- 
kansas sheathmaker Kenny Rowe also 
employs elephant, lizard, ostrich leg, ray 
skin, alligator, crocodile, rattlesnake and 
other materials as accents. In such cases, 
the leather supplies underlying strength 
while the other hides are used to embel- 
lish. Rowe's stock in trade is the leather 
sheath for various uses, indoor and out- 

"The thing about leather is that it's 
more user friendly," Kenny related. "It 
doesn't make as much noise as a hard 
synthetic sheath if you are out hunting, 
and it's easier on the blade because syn- 
thetics like Kydex will scratch a knife 
whereas leather doesn't. Of course, to 
me a natural material fits in better with 
outdoorsy and hunting-type stuff." 

"If leather is done 

properly, it can be 

taken anywhere." 

— Justin Reichert 

Routine maintenance is a must for 
natural sheaths. "Water does not hurt 
leather," Rowe said. "The only thing it 
does is displace the natural oil in the 
leather itself. So, anytime leather gets 
wet — whether it's boots, saddles, sheaths 
or whatever — it needs a good oiling. Let 
it dry before you oil it. Let the water 
come out on its own. If you put heat to 
wet leather, it can shrink and come out 
stiff and hard. 

"Leather is a very durable material. 
We do a lot of police rigs here, and I know 
some of them have been worn 25 or 30 
years. If you take a little bit of care with 
it, then leather will last a long time." 

The Kydex Way 

Blade-Tech is a specialist in synthetic 
sheaths. Blade-Tech President Tim We- 

Kenny Rowe's leather sheath (at left) 
is his pin-lock model with rattlesnake 
inlay and decorative chevrons on top 
and bottom. Depending on the length 
of the sheath, he charges between 
$150-$175 per model. The bowie is by 
ABS master smith Mike Williams. 

Kit Carsoti, designer of tlie M 16' Series, ijceame famous for his cuslom titetiiuiii frame 
MlBs. True to Kit's custom design in all del^s, the production M16T models have been 
taken astep further with tlie addition of Hie ijateiited* lalce And Walker Knife Safety 
(lAWKS*). Tlie handles, which form the 0|X-n-build frame, arc CNC machined from 
GAl 4V titanium with a 430J2 stainless steel locking liner. Blades are premiuni AIJS 8 stain- 
less steel in a fine bead bkist finish, witli Combined Raa)r-Shan) and Triple-Point'" Serrated 
edges on the two larger sizes. Of course, the T models feature the signature "Carson Flip- 
|)er" extension to the Ijlade. which aids opening and acts as a l)lade guard, Chr«ise the 
blade style and size that fits you. TheyVe so close to the custom, even Kit has to look twice. 


ColmmnimrKnltBli T<ah3720SW. Hilimm Court. SaiteSOS 
WHsonviSe. Oregon 9W7S USA •Tel:S03/SSS-50i5 •Toll tree: haOO-SghSIW 
Fw: 503SBI-96S0 • E-m* infomiin.coin • Weft 


at Ground) 



f. Blade steel 
• Blade lengi 

^ Overall Open Length 8'/i" 
. Blade-Tech V-Hole _ 

• Preciiion D-Wut "Torx" head blade pfvw' 

• Eccentric blade adjustwent mechanism 

• Ambidextrous tip-up / tip-down pocliet clip 

• Doable neitedlnen w/ radius ramp liner locli 
i* Weight 4.3 oz. 

f* Choke of C- 10 or Carbon fiber scales 
F • Choke of Plain Bdge or 2S/7S Comijo Edge 


WWW.BLADE-TECH.COM 253.581.4347 

APRIL 2006 

BLADE / 35 

Purveyors and Collectors 

j Why do purveyors and collectors buy knives from 

me? Because I search the field constantly for the 

best in art knives: at major knife shows, on the 

web, collectors' estates, eBay, and directly from 
! makers. I buy only the best. I also work with master 
I makers co-designing singular knives. 

iThis year's winners: Best Art Knife Collaboration at 
[the 2005 Blade Show and the Crank Award at the 
,2005 Guild Show. 

I Several times a year, I search my personal collection of over 400 knives (I 
' simply can't resist the artistry and buy too many knives). I select 50 to 70 
Bt knives I am no longer madly in love with and place these knives on my Web 
I site. I buy right. I sell right. 

[I People say I have an eye for art knives of enduring aesthetic value. This 
I year, knives from my collection were chosen to appear on two Blade 
r Magazine covers. I know quality assures lasting financial value. 

I add 60 or so knives to my Web site three or four times a year, then I send 
I. an e-mail notice to my secure list of collectors and purveyors. Do you want 

to be on my e-mail list? Simply e-mail your request to me. Good things are 
[ coming up. Don Guild 


_ J©Co)PD©© 

gner found some synthetic innovations 
through personal experience and a little 
help from a friend. Nearly 30 years ago, 
he bought some knives from veteran 
knifemaker Wayne Clay, who mentioned 
that Kydex had possibilities. 

"I started [making sheaths] doing 
leatherwork and did some pretty stiff and 
tough leather," Tim remembered, "but 
leather can still soak up water in extreme 
conditions and that is tough on any blade 
steel. I noticed that it soaked up rain and 
salt spray, particularly when I was hunt- 
ing in areas along the Gulf coast. 

"Back around 1978 or '79, Wayne 
told me about Kydex. He made a sheath 
for me, and I liked the application and 
learned how he worked it. I ordered some 
material and started playing with it my- 
self. The next thing you know, it was 
the 'cool tool' and good for all-around, 
extreme weather conditions. The only 
drawback is the desert environment if 
[the Kydex sheath is left] on a dashboard 
or in a trunk and the heat builds up. Then, 
it can possibly deform." 

"Leather is a very 
durable material." 

— Kenny Rowe 

Some Kydex is available in textured 
iinishes for something of an accent, 
particularly for a tactical knife. Blade- 
Tech's stealth finish is matte black with a 
dull texture, while its hair-cell finish has 
a look and feel similar to orange peel. 
Another injection-molded sheath mate- 
rial in use at Blade-Tech is Boltaron, also 
known in the past as Concealex. With an 
appropriate mix of polymers and stiffen- 
ing glass fiber, the materials can be vir- 
tually indestructible and capable of hold- 
ing up in temperatures as high as 300°F. 

When silence is an important attri- 
bute, synthetics such as nylon or Cordura 
may fit well with the purpose intended. 
However, for safety's sake, nylon or Cor- 
dura sheaths are often lined with a hard 
material to prevent the tip of the knife 
blade from poking through. Similarly, 
Rowe has lined leather sheaths with Ky- 
dex to prevent penetration. Moreover, 
some see an advantage for synthetics 
in retaining the blade securely in the 
sheath. If a welt is needed for a snug 
fit, the synthetic generally has a better 
"memory" and serves a longer lifespan 
than leather. 

36 / BLADE 

APRIL 2006 

Aesthetically Durable 

Justin Reichert, owner of Reichert's Cus- 
tom Leather, has sheaths at work around 
the globe in all kinds of weather condi- 
tions. He accents some of the sheaths 
with natural materials such as stag, oosic 
and mammoth ivory in fasteners. 

"Back around 

1978 or '79, 

Wayne Clay told 

me about Kydex." 

— Tim Wegner 

"I try to stay away from anything 
metal," Justin explained. "I've built a lot 
of functional stuff in leather, and guys in 
the military are using it and not having 
any problems. If leather is done properly, 
it can be taken anywhere. If a synthetic is 
designed wrong, it won't work properly. 
I have leather sheaths in Iraq now, and it 
is interesting to look at how people in the 
Middle East have used leather for centu- 
ries. If it worked for them that long, then 
it will work for us." 

Reichert stresses the aesthetic quali- 
ties of leather and other natural options, 
as well as the material's durability. "You 
get the benefit of expressing yourself," he 
said. "Natural materials can be works of 
art and an extension of the knife. I have 
seen stuff in buffalo horn and other ma- 
terials that are incredible as well. 

"The sheath has got to go with the 
knife and complement it. What is content 
without style? I haven't seen a synthetic 
do that. I have also seen guys rob the 
soul out of a piece of leather, just looking 
at how much money they can make 
rather than seeing the material as a 
blank canvas." 

Part of the Pleasure 

Strengths and weaknesses, trade-offs, 
costs and benefits, all come down to what 
the individual buyer wants in a knife- 
and-sheath combination. Like knives, 
sheaths are available in an array of mate- 
rials and price points from modest to eye 
popping. Weighing options in sheaths is 
part of the sometimes difficult decision- 
making process surrounding a knife pur- 
chase — but also part of the pleasure. 

For the contact information for the 
sheaths in the story, see "Where To Get 
'Em "on page 109. 

Presenting the Twenty-Second Annual 

gofvang Custom 

To Be Held At The 

Scandinavian Inn 

400 Alisal Road 
SoLVANG, California 

For Hotel Reservations Call '::''''■■■"' 
(805) 688-8000 


Sponsored By 


California's Finest 

Cutlery Store 

1634 Copenhagen Drive 

Solvang, California 93463 


April 28, 29, & 30, 2006 

Show Hours 

Friday 1 2 Pm - 5 Pm 

Saturday 1 Am - 4 Pm 

Sunday 1 Am - 1 Pm 

Admission: 1 - Day - $1 0, 3-Day Pass - $20 (Sunday - $2) 

'jC gpeciaf Coff^ctor's ^Hour Jf- 

Friday 1 1 Am - 1 2 Pm 

With Purchase Of 3 - Day Pass. 

Pre-Registration Advised. 

Contact Nordic Knives To 

Pre-register For This Showing. 

Setting the Standard for Excellence since 1985 

For Show Information Call Nordic Knives (805) 688-3612 

The Following People Have Reserved Tables For The 2006 Show: 

Bill Ankrom 

Van Barnett 

Charles Bennica (France) 

Bill's Custom Cases 

Gary Blanchard 

Phil Bocuszewski 

Frank Centoeante 

Joel Chamblin 

Bill Cheatham 

Joe Cordova 


t.m. dowell 

Kai Embretsen (Sweden) 

Ernest Emerson 

Jim Ence 

Paul Farina 

H.H. Frank 

Dennis Friedly 

Larry Fuegen 

Shun Fuiikawa (Japan) 

Stanley Fuiisaka 
Tom & GwEN Guinn 

Tim Hancock 

Koji Hara (Japan) 

Phill Hartseield 

Jay Hendrickson 

Gil Hibben 

Harumi Hirayama (Japan) 

Howard Hitchmouch 

Steve Hoel 

D' Alton Holder 

Jess Horn 

Tom Hutton 

Steve Johnson 

Linda Karst-Stone 

Joe Kious 

Randy & Sonia Lee 

Steve Likarich 

Bob Lum 

Simon Lytton (England) 

Jeff Morgan 

Ken McFall 

Thomas McGuane, IV 

Bud Nealy 

Ron Newton 

Jonny Walker Nilsson (Sweden) 

Nordic Knives 

Warren Osborne 

Oso Famoso 

Chris Reeve Knives 

Zaza Revishvili 

Scott Sawby 

Eugene Shadley 

Scott Slobodian 

John W. Smith 

Jim Sornberger 

Rhett Stidham (RKS) 

Leon Thompson 

P.J. Tomes 

Ricardo Velarde 

Julie Warenski 

J. W. Winchester & Co. 

Daniel Winkler & Karen Shook 

Owen Wood 


APRIL 2006 

BLADE / 37 

Sguild directions 

Guild Membership^ 
From A to Z 

By Gene Shadley 
Guild President 

In this installment of "Guild Directions," 
I would like to address the process 
of becoming a Knifemakers' Guild 
member. The four levels of Guild 
membership I will cover include 
probationary, voting, associate and 
honorary. First: probationary. 


Once a knifemaker feels his skills as a 
maker have advanced to "Guild quality" 
and is ready for Guild probationary 
membership, he will need to send a written 
request to the person in charge of new 
applicants. At this time, I am that person 
(see the end of this story for my contact 
information). Written requests for an 
application must include the applicant's 
mailing address, as the form comes as a 
packet. The Guild does not e-mail the form 
because it comes in three parts. 

Next, the applicant will need to contact 
four Guild voting members in good 
standing with the Guild to evaluate his work 
and sign his application. Voting members 
vouch for the applicant's work when they 
sign on the dotted line. Also, if the applicant 
requesting the voting member's signature is 
not doing good enough work to qualify for 
probationary membership, it is the voting 
member's duty to direct the applicant to 
one of the Guild's State Mentors for help in 
improving the applicant's knives. This may 
be awkward for the voting member but it 
will help the applicant in the long run. 

After the applicant completes the 
application, he must return it to me, along 
with a check or money order for $25. The 
applicant will receive a copy of the form, 
along with a waiting list number. When 
the applicant's number comes due, he will 
be notified to attend the next annual Guild 
Show. Once there, he will be required to 
present his work to the Guild Technical 

Voting, probationary, 

lionorary and 

associate— it's all here 

Committee for 

inspection the 

Thursday before the 
show opens. 

If the applicant's 
knives pass muster, 
he will be accepted 
as a probationary 
member at the 
annual business 

meeting, which takes 
place the Friday 
morning of the Guild 
Show. It is highly 
recommended that 
the applicant attend 
the annual business 
meeting to start 
learning about what 
his role in the Guild 
will be. (Editor's 
note: Though the 
masculine "his" and 
"he" are used to de- 
note the applicant for 
Guild membership 
throughout this story, 
the author stresses 
that the entire Guild 
membership process 
is open to both 
male and female 


The probationary 

membership period 

lasts two years. At 

the second show 

following his acceptance, the probationary 

member will be required to attend the next 

annual show and business meeting. (If at 

all possible, it would be good to attend all 

three shows during this three-year span.) 

John Bartlow, maker of these handsome hunters, is one of the 

Guild's State Mentors who may help probationary or voting 

members in his designated area who need to get their Itnives up 

to standards for acceptance into the Guild. Bartlow's address: 

5078 Coffeen Ave., Dept. BL4, Sheridan, WY 82801 307.673.4941 

jbartlow@vcn. (Point Seven photo) 

The probationary member's work will 
be reviewed again in the same manner 
as before to assure the Guild is getting a 
worthy voting member. If the probationary 
member does not pass this inspection, he 
will be assigned a State Mentor to help 

38 / BLADE 

APRIL 2006 

Folder Kits 

DDR-3 Button Lock Kit 

Fixed Blade Kits 

Sheath Making Supplies 

DDR3BL Base Parts Kit .... 
DDR3BL-CF Carbon Fibers 
DDR3BL-TEAK Teak scales 
DDR3BL-BG Black G-10 st 
DDR3BL-C0C0 Cocobolo sc 

...S 56.95 
....$ 19.95 
....S 19.95 
$ 19.95 

DDR3 Locking Liner Kits 

DDR2 Base Parts Kit $ 36.95 

DDR2-CF Carbon Fiber scale $ 29.95 

DDR2-B0L0 Cocobolo scales $ 19.95 

DDR2-BG Black G-10 scales $ 19.95 

DDR2-BLG Blue G-10 scales S 19.95 

DDR3-RR Base Paris Kit Recurve Blade/Curved Bolster ... $46.95 
DDR3-TACS Base Parts Kll Tactical Blade/Slralght Bolster $46.95 

DDR3-CF Handle Scales Carbon Fiber scales S29.95 

DDR3-BOLO Handle Scales Cocobolo scales $19.95 

DDR3-MACA Handle Scales Macawood scales $19.95 

DDR3-CURU Handle Scales Curupay scale $19.95 

The Typhoon™ Precision Balisong Kit 

TYPHOON-S Typhoon Standard Handle Version $ 69.95 

TYPH-DTEMP Skeletonizing Template $ 14.95 

KKSD-332 3/32 Drill tor skeletonizing $ % 1.49 

TYPH-SPK Typhoon™ Spare Paris Kit S 12.95 

TYPH-TRB Typhoon™ Training Blade S 19.95 

GPC-1000™ Locking Liner Folder Kit 

GPC Base Parts Kit $ 44.95 

GPC-CF Carbon Fiber scales $ 29.95 

GPC-BOLO Cocobolo scales $ 19.95 

GPC-BG Black G-10 scales S 19.95 

GPC-BLG Blue G-10 scales I 19.95 

GX6™ Locking Liner Gent's Pocket Dagger 

GX6 Base Parts Kit $ 44.95 

GX6-CF Carbon Fiber scales $ 29.95 

GX6-BOLO Cocobolo scales S 19.95 

GX6-BG Black G-1D scales S 19.95 

GX6-BLG Blue G-10 scales S 19.95 

The American Whittier Siipjoint Kit 

. <^' 

KKAALB All-American Lockback Folder Kit $ 16.95 

KKAALB-COCO Cocobolo Scale Set $ 12.95 

KKAALB-TEAK Teak Wood Scale Set $ 12.95 

KKAALB-CURU Cumpay Wood Scale Set . $ 12,95 

KKAALB-MACA Maca Wood Scale Set $12.95 

The All-American Lockback Kit 

KKAALB All-Amencan Lockback Folder Kit $ 16.95 

KKAALB-COCO Cocobolo Scale Set $ 12.95 

KKAALB-TEAK Teak Wood Scale Set $ 12.95 

KKAALB-CURU Curupay Wood Scale Set $ 12.95 

KKAALB-MACA Maca Wood Scale Set $ 12.95 

DDR-1™ Locking Liner Folder Kit 

DDR1 Base Parts Kit $ 39.95 

DDR1-CF Carbon Fiber scales $ 29.95 

DDR1-BOLO Cocobolo scales $ 19.95 

DDR1-BG Black G-10 scales S 19.95 

DDR1-BLG Blue G-10 scales S 19.95 

DDR2™ Locking Liner Gents Folder Kit 


SG4-DP Hunting Series Drop Point $ 37.95 

SG4-MB Hunting Series Modern Bowie S 37.95 

SG4-TP Hunting Senes Trailing Point $ 37.95 

SG4-STD Hunting Senes Standard $ 37.95 

SG4-Coca Cocobolo wood scales $14.00 

SG4-Curu Curupay wood scales $ 14.00 

SG4-Maca Maca wood scales $ 14.00 

SG4-Teak Teak wood scales $ 14.00 

CC4 : Cowboy Classic DP™ 

Comes with ground and sharpened blade. 
Includes fasteners, handle spacers, leather 
handle washers, butt, guard and assembly 

hardware $49.95 

CC4-SHECC4 Leather Sheath $ 5.95 

Delta 5 Fixed Blade Kits 

The Delta 5 series includes 4 distinct lacticai blade styles. Pictured 
above is the D5 chute grind. And shown in stag, a modified D5 
spear point. Please see web site or catalog for more. 

D5BL-MB Delta 5™ Modern Bowie Parts Kit $ 37.95 

D5BL-Ck Delta 5™ Chute Knife Parts Kit $37.95 

D5BL-DP Delia 5™ Drop Point Parts Kit $ 37.95 

D5BL-SP Delte 5™ Spear Point Parts Kit S 37.95 

D5-COCO Cocobolo wood scales $ 12.00 

D5-CURU Curupay wood scales $ 12.00 

D5-BCM Black Canvas Micarta scales S 12.00 

D5-BLM Black Linen Micarta scales S 12,00 

Equipment & Tools 

KYSHE06-12 .60 Black Kydex 12x12 S 4.10/ft 

KYSHEOa-12 .80 Black Kydex 12x12 S 4.95/ft 

KYSHDC06-12 .60 Desert Game Kydex 12x12 $ 8.49/ft 

KYSHDC08-12 .93 Desert Camo Kydex 12x12 $ 8.99/ft 

KYSHFC06-12 .60 Forest Camo Kydex 12x12 S 8.49ffi 

KYSHFC08-12 .93 Forest Camo Kydex 12x12 $ 8.99/ft 

CXCF-126 Carbon Fiber Conceaiex (.06) 12x12 $ 8.49/ft 

CXCF-1293 Cartion Fiber Conceaiex (.093) 12x12 S 8.99/ft 

Kydex/Concealex Sheath Making Parts 

KKSMF12 Sheath Making Foam (12x12x1) $ 8.95/ea 

TEKS1 Small Tek-Lok (hrdw inci) S 7.95/ea 

TEKL1 Large Tek-Lok - (hrdw inci) $ 7.95/ea 

IWB1 Inside Waist Band Loop $ 3.95/ea 

KKCS-10 Chicago Screws (7/16" head) Coated Black ...$ 4.45/10 

KYSR6-100 6 -6 (3/16) black rivets For .06 Kydex $10.00/100 

KYSR69-100 6 - 9 (3/16) black rivets for .0e/.09 Kydex S 12.00/100 
KYSR8-100 a-8(1/4)blacknvelsfor .06/.08Kydex ..$12.00/100 
KYSR9-100 a-9(1W)blacknvelsfDr .09Kydex $14.00/100 

Our 12" x 8" kyd ex/conceal ex sheath maker's bench-type molding 

press is the best production quality thermoplastic forming press 

on the market today. Built from rugged 1/4" steel plate, this sheath 

forming press will last a lifetime. II was designed by experts, for 


KKSMP-12 Sheath Making Press (12" x 6") Bench Model 

Includes Foam ...$ 84.95/ea 

1-SN 1 X 42 inch grinder is the pert^ecl cl 
pro level kit building. It conserves valuable shop space with a 
small bench footprint while performing all the vital tasks of profes- 
sional knife finishing necessary for clean knife making results. For 
high level finishing work or all-around kit construction tasks, this is 
[he perfect choice! 

Combined with our HGA-01 (Horizontal Finish Attachment) and 
the SPA-01 (Horizonlal/Vertical Swingplate Assembly), this kit 
building gnnder/finishing system will generate the best results 'Tor 
the investment"! 

1-SMKG-PRO Pro Kit Maker's Finishing sysem. 
Includes: ffi,'^59-^^ 

(1)1SM Kalamazoo Grinder, Qm * 

(1) HGA-01 Horizontal Finishing Attachment 

(1) SPA-01 Horizontal/Vertical Swing Plat " 

Parts & Accessories 



COIL50 .50 coil spring (High Torque) $ 

COIL5010 .50 coil spring (High Torque) $ 

COILM50 .50 coil spring (MAXX Torque) NE $ 2. 

COILM5010 .50 coll spring (MAXX Torque) NEW 

C0IL1 .48 coil spring $ 

COIL10 .48 coil spring $ 

COIL43 .43 coil spring (High Torque) $ 

COIL4310 .43 coil spring (High Torque) $ 

COILM43 .43 coil spring (MAXX Torque) NEW .., 
COILM4310 .43 coil spring (MAXX Torque) NEW 

COIL375 .375 coil spring (High Torque) 

COIL375-10 .375 coil spring (High Torque) 
COILM375 .375 coil spring (M/\XX Torque) NEW 
COILM37510 .375 coil spring (MAXX Torque) NEW 

Our professional rivet flaring dies and unique press system will put 
a permanent end to split rivets when fastening Kydex together in 
your sheath making process. 

KYRD-68 #6 (3/16) Rivet Flaring Dies S 29.95/ea. 

KYRD-88 #8 (1/4) Rivet Flanng Dies S 29.95/ea. 

KYRD-PRO Pro Kit Kydex Rivet Press with #8 (1/4) and #6 (3/16) 
flanng dies. Save $$$ $ 129.95/ea 

Books & Videos 

i S S 9 

We have a complete library resource for the knife maker. Visit o 
web site or see our catalog for current print, video and DVD tr 

iais used in knife making. From carbon 
woods and other natural materials, 
web site for details. 

Kiujc Industries 

!S ^9 AiHJ 




To receive a free copy of 
our bench catalog, please fill in 
the below form ... 








3HARP3BURG, GA 30277 

Or, e-malt the above to mfo^' 


§;ive a §;ift tJiut J^a<sts a Jjfetdmi 

Free Shipping 
on $50 


Tgke the Hassle Out of the Holicl^ys 

Let Us Ship Youf Gifts Foi- You! 

Seconds Sale! 50% Off! 
Call/Email To Order Or for a Free Info Pack 


upgrade his work. If the probationary 
member passes inspection, he will need to 
attend the business meeting the Friday of 
the Guild Show to be accepted as a voting 

Technical Committee 

A few words about the Guild Technical 
Committee: It consists of voting members 
willing to share their time and experience 
to review and guide the new applicants 
and probationary members. Committee 
members check the fit and finish, grinds, 
symmetry, and overall workmanship of the 
knives. The committee members also check 
the probationary member's promotional 
material — the material he provides to 
customers outlining his knives, contact 
information, etc. — at this time. 


Obtaining Guild associate membership is a 
lot easier than probationary or voting status. 
The applicant should contact me to request 
a membership form, fill it out and return 
it to me, along with information about the 
product or service he provides. As president, 
I will review the form and send it on to the 
Guild's secretary/treasurer, Lowell Bray. 
He will in turn send a dues and table fee 
statement to the applicant. 


Honorary membership is also easy to 
obtain. The applicant need only contact a 
Guild voting or probationary member for 
the appropriate paperwork, fill out the form, 
and send it along with $25 to the secretary/ 
treasurer (Lowell Bray, 6931 Manor Beach 
Rd., New Port Richey, FL 34652). 

If anyone has any questions or would 
like to apply for Guild membership, please 
feel free to contact me. 

Tulsa Show 

There will be quite a number of Guild 
knifemakers attending the Tulsa Arms Show 
in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on April 1-2. Tulsa is 
where the Guild originally was formed. 
The show has allotted 72 tables for Guild 
makers. If you are interested in attending 
as an exhibitor or looking to buy some fine 
knives, please contact Joe Wanenmacher, 
the show's coordinator, at 918.808.4200 
(cell) or 918.492.0401 (office). You can 
also check out his website at tulsaarmsshow. 

For more information about Guild 
membership and/or other Guild matters, 
contact Gene Shadley, Dept. BL4, 26315 
Norway Dr, Bovey, MN 55709 218.245.3820 
fax 218.245.1639 

Handle Material - Reconstituted 
Stone, Micartas, Stabilized Woods, 
Mother of Pearl, Water Buffalo, Mam- 
moth Ivory, Exotic Woods, plus many 

Metals - Nickel Silver, Brass, Stain- 
less Steel, Titanium, Damascus, D2, 
154CM, 01 Toolsteel, Forging Steels, 
ATS34, 440C and more 

Blade Kits are available for most 




Example Shown Above: Finest 

Filet Kit - BL546K 
Includes blade, Dymondwood 
handle material, nickel-silver 
guard, pins, & thong hole tub- 
ing & 30 minute epoxy. Only 





Call our Toll-free, Express Hot-line, 

1-888-461-8632, before 2 p.m. 

Central time, Monday-Friday, 

and all supplies that are in-stock, 

will be shipped the same day. 
*Please ask for same day shipping. 

Heat Treating & Cryogenic Quenching 

*Air Quenchable Steel Only for Heat Treat 

Knifemaking Equipment 

Buffing Supplies 

Heat Treating Ovens 

Mosaic Pins 

Etching Equipment 

Finished Blades - Stainless 

Steel, Carbon Steel, Damascus 

Sheaths - Leather, Kydex 
Sheath Making Kits & 
Supplies, Knife Cases 







temational) or Free 

placing order. 



Shop on-line 24/7 at www.texasknife. 

Texas Knifemaker's Supply 
Toil-Free 888-461-8632 

10649 Haddington, #180 
Fax 713-461-8221 

Houston, TX 77043 
Tel. 713-461-8632 

40 / BLADE 

APRIL 2006 


Lanyard Hole 



CuslDtti detaHs induding anodizsd b&rrsE b^k-spaofs and 
machined thunvb 1read& on the liiaoJum moncH<Kk bar. 





S30V Slade Steel 
Premium Steel; Toughness. 

Edge RelentiDD, Corrosion 

6ALJV Titanium Handle 
Ligtilweighl, Durable, 
Corrosion Resistant Maierial 

Titanium Monoiack: Simple 
Function. Extreme Strenglh 

Large Sieek Carrz-Clip 
Aides Low in Itie Pocliet 




Slsde tlltBterlat 

S3CV 3Lain;^fi5 Site! Hard^reiif lu ie-6fJl-sfiC 

Blade Length 

1: 3.60- 0, 1 4cm) 11; 2.95" (7,60cm) 

Blade Thickness 

1: t2D" (a.OSmm) II- 0.120" (S.OSinm) 

Length Open 

ll 8,25- {20.95cm) It: aBO" (17.Z7om) 

Length CIcsed 

1: 4.7S" (12.07cm) II: 3.37" (9.B3cm) 


II 4,lOpz (1 ie.23gm) II: 3,00oz (85.0Esm) 

Handle Material 

Bead Blast 6AL JV-Titanium Scales: Btue Anodf^ed Aiuminui- 
Barrel Spacers: Removal3le Stainless Steel Carry-Clip 

Ks>Kll« ThickiMss 

1: 0.420" (1 ,07cm) II: 0.402- (I.OZOm) 

Lock Meehantstn 


Blede Style & Opener 

MDdltied SpBar-Polnl. ArKxltzecJ Alunnlnurr Thumb-Slud 

Available Con fig y rations 

Both models available in plain edge. sEone wash blade 
lini$h only 

Dealers call or visit 
for pricing 

Steve Rhodes Kevin Stanley 

800-734-5965 800-563-3345 

Tom Wiliceson 


Jim Hansen 



F=SHr-» men. 

Currently Distributed by 
Midwest Gun Exchange 800-734-5965 

Blue Ridge Knives 800-635-2583 






Evolution by 

By Roger Pinnock 

xN^p^L'The Bigger Lug," Dan went to a 
^.mare oval — and less round — cross-sec- 
^tN J tiq'fi shape for the handle. In addition, 
^^'^\^ heilattened the area on the underside 
•f|F^ "*, '■ jpf the handle where the index finger 
' rests. The knife also features a more 
aesthetically pleasing curved spine to 
better complement the curved blade. 

In the conclusion, the author 
•^examines the final three knives 
Dan Farr made on the road to 
the 2005 ABS Championship Final .^ 

42 / BLADE ■ 

APRIL 2006 

"Jack" is very forward weighted, with a full 
convex grind, minimal distal taper apd'a iigfjifi- 
cantly dropped handle. The vertical groove!^ in 
the blade reduce weight and make the knif&jmdre v, 
manageable. The buttcap is concave in place of the \ 
convex shape of previous models. "This effectively ,; 
gave me an extra half inch of handle length as now the^: 
full surface area of the handle was put to use," Dan com-', 
mented. This in turn necessitated the move to a lanyard 
hole recessed in the butt (inset) in the fashion employed 
by ABS master smiths Jim Crowell and John Fitch. Two finger 
grooves replace the single groove of earlier models, though the 
index finger rest remains flat. 

Editor's note: In part one of the story last 
issue, the author traced the development 
of the 1st and 2nd generations of Dan 
Farr's competition cutting knives in Dan's 
quest to qualify for the 2005 ABS World 
Championship Cutting Competition Finals. 
In the conclusion, the author chronicles 
the development of the 3rd- and 4th- 
generation knives, as well as the 5th and 
final generation of knife that Dan ultimately 
used in the championships. 

One might understandably assume 
that the success achieved with the 
2nd-generation model would lead 
Dan to leave well enough alone. One 
would be wrong. 

While he was well pleased with the 
performance of the previous model, he still 
was not satisfied with his overall perfor- 
mance in the 2x4 chop, an event in most, if 
not all, cutting competitions. This inspired 
him to use a convex grind for added power 
and a stronger edge. Dan also employed 
two subtle but significant changes in han- 
dle design to aid in resistance to twisting. 

"If you watch closely in the 2x4 chop, 
you will see a number of the contestants 
pause briefly to adjust their grip during the 
course of the event. This is almost always 

due to the knife having twisted in their 
hands during the aggressive chop," he ex- 
plained. "That seemingly brief pause can 
cost you dearly in this event, particularly if 
you have to re-grip more than once." 

To address this concern, Dan went to a 
more oval — and less round — cross-section 
shape for his handles. Taking inspiration 
from R.J. Martin's excellent grip designs, 
he also flattened the area on the underside 
of the handle where the index finger rests. 

In accordance with Dan's stated belief 
that form and function need not be mutu- 
ally exclusive, the 3rd-generation knife — 
aka, "The Bigger Lug" — features a more 
aesthetically pleasing curved spine to bet- 
ter complement the curved blade. The net 
result of all the changes was not particular- 
ly encouraging, however, as Dan finished 
2nd and 7th in the next two competitions, 
and continued to struggle in the 2x4 chop. 

On the other hand, in my tests, the Big- 
ger Lug worked well in the 2x4 chop. It 
was nonetheless slightly less proficient in 
cutting rope, where the diminished speed 
was somewhat noticeable. 


"If you don't think this knife will cut, you 
don't know Jack!" — or so quipped Dan's 


Model 1079 

MSRP $99.95 

Steel D2 tool steel with 

Black Teflon* coating 
(glass filled nylon) 

Blade 10 in. (25.4 cm) 

0rerall...16 in. 
I Weight...22.0 o 
I Includes l< 
I sheath 


K N I vm E s 

For information or a dealer near you, call: 1-800-325-2891 

Kershaw Ken Onior knives are cevered by US Patent ftLnrlrers: 
5,10Z,7ZZ ■ 6,145,202 • 6,338,431 ■ 6,39;,4?6 

APRIL 2006 

BLADE / 43 


one-of-a-kind knives ^ 

by the best makers -^ 

in the world *n4 

I I \ ' competitive prices °''< 

Ky^ ' knowledgeable service 
■ best selection on the web 



the online source for fine custom kht 

Blue Ridge Knives • Department BL • 166 Adwolfe Road • Marion, VA 24354 

E-Mail: onestop@blueridgel< • Web Site: www.blueridgel< 

Phone (276) 783-6143 • Fax (276) 783-9298 

ere Your Supplier 
Not Your Competitor 

Monthly Publication 
Over 300 Brands 
Online Shopping I 
Dealers Only! 

Send a 

copy of 
your business 
license and 
S3 [refundable] 
for 800 page 
color catalog. 

Miaimum order 

Ten ire cfesiQ 



brother, Eric, in defense of wliat Dan can- 
didly acknowledged to be "probably the 
ugliest knife in the world, and much uglier 
than I thought it would be when I drew it 
out on paper." 

"Jack" represents Dan's all-out effort 
to address his weakest event, the 2x4 
chop, and one might safely say that aes- 
thetics took a back seat here — way back. 

Dan credits "Fuller" as finally bring- 
ing together all the elements of a very 
good handle design, though he chose 
to employ somewhat less handle drop 
for more speed. The blade features 
significant distal taper and the addition 
of a full-length fuller for quickness with- 
out sacrificing strength. Jerry Fisk's 
beveled-spine design is present, and 
Dan went the additional step of slightly 
thinning the area above the fuller to 
further aid the flow of material past the 
spine. Edge thickness was closer to 
that of the 2nd-generation knife, though 
supported by a light convex grind. 

World-Wide Wholesale Distributor 

44 / BLADE 

APRIL 2006 


The distal 
taper — tapering 
the blade from 
the ricasso to the 
tip — helped make 
"Fuller" lighter 
and thus quicker. 

1 « 9 m 9 4 * « * % m 9 m « m a ^ m ^ m « « * 

i V Dynamic Knl^e Dedlgnd U 

j ^^ 'Thantom l" Swing Guard | 

j ^CW Knife Specifications | 

[j ^fiW Knife: Overall 11%" Long [j 

M ^kjw Anodized Al Body m 
ft ^ ^ Carbon Fiber Handles ft 

ft wr r, ^r r ir ■ \ JIW Available In Mav '05 * 
II Wayne R. Clarks Version \^JK^ \\ 

j] of the Italian Stiletto, r''^^?^^. fl 
j] With an American x^^^W fi 


j^ Quality Touch, and \ v^^ || 


j] Innovations Never ''^^J^^ \\ 


H Before Offered in a '^^^tf^^^ li 


M Switchblade Knife. "^ICP^ 

1 D.KD.^W 1 

i i440 W Brooki ^^^^^^^ 

1 1-888-9-KNIVES .f'V'f^ ^^ \ 
U „ „ . Ontano. CA 9/762 \i^ U 

M ^ ^^^ j 

The knife is very forward weighted, with 
a full convex grind, minimal distal taper 
and a significantly dropped handle. The, 
er, "striking" vertical grooves in the blade 
were employed to reduce weight and make 
the knife more manageable. 

"The grip is rock 

solid and very 

comfortable, with 

no twisting." 

— the author 

Another subtle yet important change 
in the handle saw Dan employ a concave 
buttcap in place of the convex shape of 
previous models. "This effectively gave 
me an extra half inch of handle length as 


Knife and Gmt 

Finishing Supp ly 


PO Box 458 * Lakeside * AZ * 85929 NEW AREA CODE (928)-537-8877 

Damascus Billets 

Devin Thomas Stainless and Hi Carbon 

Disc Grinders 

9" Discs 

9x1 1 Sheets 

Spray Adhesive 

Belt Grinders 

1X42 Belts 
2X48 Belts 
2X72 Belts 
1X30 Belts 

Hollow Grinding Video 
Flat Grinding Video 

25 Species of Wood 



Giraffe Bone 

Exotic Skins 

Leather Dye 


Imitation Stag 



Baldor Buffers 

Buffs 6"-8"- 10" 

•ATS 34 


Multi Tool Grinder-Buffer 

Multi Tool Attachment only $310 
Jet Motor only $189 

Custom Stabilizing 

10 Years Experience 


Orders only 800-972- 1 192 

APRIL 2006 

BLADE / 45 

HiQhEjpese^cf TooIej F-or 
Hardcrore' Indlvlciual? 






VI5I1 our forum wi^w.bacllon(;lsforuiTis.con"i 
piwiograpny / layout esoH S'lsID/ Chan 

lesign ^^ 

now the full surface area of the handle was 
put to use," he commented. This in turn 
necessitated the move to a lanyard hole re- 
cessed in the butt in the fashion employed 
by ABS master smiths Jim Crowell and 
John Fitch. Two finger grooves replace the 
single groove of earlier models, though the 
index finger rest remains flat. 

Dan first put the knife to use at the 
cutting competition of the 2005 Batson 
Bladesmithing Symposium. The results, 
in his words: "Extremely disappointing. 
Easily my worst performance to date and 
quite discouraging given that this was the 
last event heading into the finals at the 
BLADE Show." 

Like an ugly bulldog that slobbers 
its way into your heart, Jack is a model 
for which I developed a real fondness. A 
powerful ally in the dowel cut, the knife 
worked surprisingly well for me cut- 
ting rope as well. The grip is rock solid 
and very comfortable, with no twisting. 
Conversely, while it hacked some deep 
chunks of timber in the 2x4 chop, you 
could have timed my cut with a sundial. 
My rate was way down and arm fatigue 
set in much earlier. 


Some pretty serious re-thinking was in 
order. When Dan stopped to consider 
what had been the one element that had 
contributed to diminished performance 
of the 3rd- and 4th-generation cutters, all 
he need do was pick each one up to find 
the answer: weight. 

In his effort to build an increasingly 
powerful knife, he had sacrificed speed 

to the point of significantly diminished re- 
turns. He observed that while the reigning 
world champion — ABS journeyman smith 
Reggie Barker — delivers an unquestion- 
ably powerful blow, he impresses even 
more with his speed. "In the 2x4 cut, Reg- 
gie gets something in the order of three 
hits per second," Dan noted. Simply put, 
speed kills — or, in this case, wins. In fact, 
Dan had done best overall with his quick- 
est knife, the 2nd-generation model. 

"Reggie gets 
something in the 

order of three 
hits per second." 

— Dan Farr 

It was kind of tough to face a ground- 
up redesign on the eve of the finals, but he 
was determined to make the knife his best 
ever, incorporating everything that worked 
from the previous models and nothing that 
did not. In his 5th and final generation knife, 
"Fuller," Dan credits "Jack" as finally bring- 
ing together all the elements of a very good 
handle design, though he chose to employ 
somewhat less handle drop for more speed. 
The blade features significant distal ta- 
per and the addition of a full-length fuller 
for quickness without sacrificing strength. 
Jerry Fisk's beveled-spine design is pres- 
ent, and Dan went the additional step of 
slightly thinning the area above the fuller 
to further aid the flow of material past the 

46 / BLADE 

APRIL 2006 

You are invited to attend the.... 



Ea^t Coast 

Custom Knife Show 

Now at... 

CROWNE pla: 

1605 Br< 


Iway, New York, New York 

Over 1 00 tables 

featuring the finest 

in the art of custom 

knife making from 

the United States and 

around the world. 







New Zealand 



South Africa 



Voice: 417-866-6688 Fax:417-866-6693 E-mail: 




SUNDAY 10-3 

Room Reservations: 


(Ask for special ECCKS rates) 

Presented by 



CPM 3V steel, 
Black Micarta and^ "^ 
Sheep Horn^.^ ^ 


Charlie Mathews 

Harry Mathews 

121 Mt. Pisgah Church Rd. 

Statesboro, GA 30458 



Custom Handmade Knives 

One Knife or Entire Collections 
Highest Prices Paid— Quick Payment— Free Appraisals 

We Also Sell the Finest Knives 
Knif exnasters Custom Knives ( 1963) 

P.O. Box 208 Westport, GT 06881 
Phone: 203-SS6-5211 • Fax: 203-286-S312 

s ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ 


APRIL 1& 2, 2006 






TABLES IN ONE 11 ACRE BUILDING. CALL: (918)492-0401 (9AM-4PM) 

Kelly Carlson 

54 So. Holt Hill, Antrim, NH 03440 , 

& Gold Icicle 

Tel: 603-588-2765 
603-588-4223 ' , 

- gn ^^ 

spine. Edge thickness is closer to that of 
the 2nd-generation knife, though support- 
ed by a light convex grind. 

Dan was extremely pleased with the way 
the knife performed, both in competition — 
he used it to tinish a strong fourth overall in 
the ABS World Championships — and in the 
course of his own rigorous testing. "It is eas- 
ily both my prettiest knife and my best cutter, 
a combination that I am proud of," he said. 

Evolutionary Path 

It is interesting to note that the evolution 
of design in the five generations of Dan's 
knives does not reflect an increasing gradi- 
ent of each knife surpassing the last. As in 
most competitive endeavors, there is a fair 
bit of "one step forward, two steps back" 
to the process. 

"Dan had done 

best overall with 

his quickest knife." 

— the author 

What is evident, however, is how much a 
competitor can learn about his knives by sub- 
jecting them to the varied tests in a competi- 
tive setting. Moreover, Dan is quick to empha- 
size that there is no single "best knife." 

"All makers who strive to improve their 
designs are on an evolutionary path, but 
they do not converge at the same point," 
he pointed out. "The variables of the hu- 
man machine, the materials used in the 
knife and the materials being cut do not 
lead to a common solution. My best de- 
sign and another maker's best design may 
be quite different from each other, and 
both may work exceptionally well." 

It will come as no surprise that Fuller 
was, pardon the pun, "by Farr" my favorite 
knife. Dan flat out succeeded in bringing 
together all the best of the previous models 
into tangible, three-dimensional proof of 
the instructive and educational benefits to 
be derived from the cutting competitions. 

While he bemoans the fact that I have 
relegated his 5th-generation cutter to the 
wimpy status of a safe queen, he can rest as- 
sured that I have gained tremendous insight 
into its design and prodigious cutting ability. 

For more on Dan Farr s knives, contact him 
at 285 Glen Ellyn Way, Dept. BL4, Rochester, 
NY 14618 585. 721.1388 ddfarr@aolcom. 

48 / BLADE 

APRIL 2006 


The Smith's Abrasives Sure-Sharp Two-Stage Knife 
Sharpening System enables you to sharpen both 
sides of the blade at the same time. MSRP: $18.58. 
The linife is the Roll Locic from California Knives. 



By Durwood Hollis 

The author grades six leadiMg V-sharpeNers 

accordii^g to perforrviaNce, safety aNd other key features 

When it comes to knife sharpening, 
consistent replication of the edge 
bevel is paramount. Minus some 
means of maintaining the angle at which 
the edge meets the abrasive, sharpening 
will be inconsistent at best. To maintain the 
proper edge-to-abrasive angle, several dif- 
ferent types of sharpening tools have been 
developed, including the V-sharpener. 

The V-sharpener employs a pair of 
abrasive rods that stand upright from a 
base, forming the letter "V." To use the V- 
sharpener, draw the edge of the blade from 
tang to tip down and across the sharpening 

rods, alternating strokes on each side of 
the blade, the left side of the blade on the 
left-hand rod of the "V" and the right side 
of the blade on the right-hand rod, being 
sure to keep the edge perpendicular to the 
base throughout each stroke. 

Following is a capsule summary of six 
V-sharpeners, including how they compare 
in ease of use, versatility, safety, quality of 
construction, edge production and value. 

Field Sharpener 

A.G. Russell's Field Sharpener consists of a 
molded plastic base that contains two pairs 

APRIL 2006 

of sharpening rods, diamond and ceramic. 
The lid of the base tilts upward, provid- 
ing access to the sharpening rods. The lid 
also serves as a tixed guard to protect your 
hand during sharpening. Holes in the base 
are pre-angled so that when the rods are 
inserted, the appropriate sharpening angle 
is established automatically. 

Sharpener use is straightforward, 
though some set-up is necessary. The unit 
is designed for the field, so its versatility is 
limited to knives used in that venue. The 
fact that the lid folds to form a protective 
guard is an excellent safety feature. The 

BLADE / 49 







ATTENTION Knife Makers & Manufacturers 

to^ooIefrom mother of PEARl CO. inc. 

P.O. Box 445/293 Belden Circle 

1 . Buy Direct from our extensive Franl<lin, NC 28734 
inventory. qoq eo>i co>io 

2. Send us your stag to be dyed. 0Z0"0Z»l-00»lZ 


g ^ 

Field Sharpener is solidly constructed 
of quality materials. And the availability 
of two different types of abrasive rods is 
a real help in edge production, no matter 
how dull the blade. At a manufacturer's 
suggested retail price (MSRP) of $39.95, 
the Field Sharpener is well within the bud- 
get of any knife user. 


Primarily an in-home sharpener, the Dia- 
mondVee from Diamond Machining Tech- 
nology has a pair of diamond-plated rods 
permanently mounted at a preset angle in 
the base. Since no set-up is required, the 
DiamondVee is extremely easy to use. 

While the DiamondVee can sharpen 
almost any knife, it is my opinion that it 
is too large to carry in the tield, which 
limits its versatility. In use, the permanent 
guard provides protection against acciden- 
tal contact with the opposing hand. While 
the DiamondVee is constructed of quality 
materials, it may be damaged if you drop it 
on a hard surface. However, it can quickly 
hone even extremely dull and chipped 
knives. With an MSRP of $38.60, it is the 
perfect choice for the home gourmet. 

The A.G. Russell Field Sharpener is 
solidly constructed of quality materials. 
The two different types of abrasive rods 
excel at sharpening, no matter how 
dull the blade. MSRP: $39.95. The knife 
is the LM12000 Paul Pocket Folder In 
burlwood from Lone Wolf Knives. 

50 / BLADE 

APRIL 2006 

eXact-V Hone 

The Chef's Choice eXact-V Diamond Hone 
offers a spring-loaded angle guide and two- 
stage, dual-angle sharpening and diamond 
abrasive rods. The tool's ample component 

parts store in the base. The diamond abra- 
sives double as either a dual-angle or con- 
ventional V-type sharpener. 

Once set up, the eXact-V is simple to 
operate. Guards on either side protect your 

The inclusion of two different sets of 
abrasive rods (medium and fine grits) gives 
the Lansi<y Crocl< Sticic high marl<s when it 
comes to sharpening. I\/ISRP: $41.99. The 
l<nife is the Faliltniven K1 Biue Whaie. 

Call For A Dealer 


Fax 562-803-4261 

email info 

APRIL 2006 

BLADE / 51 

hand during sharpening, and the unit is 
solidly made for years of use. Edge pro- 
duction is quick and absolutely peerless. 
At an MSRP of $39.35, this sharpener is 
right in line with similar models. 

"It can quickly 
hone even ex- 
tremely dull and 
chipped knives." 

— the author 

TriAngle Sharpmaker 

The Spyderco TriAngle Sharpmaker con- 

The DMT DiamondVee can quickly 
hone even extremely dull and 
chipped knives. With an l]^SRP of 
$38.60, it is a wise choice for the 
home gourmet. The knife is the 
Fallkniven K1 Blue Whale. 

52 / BLADE 

APRIL 2006 

wm^ Svrthe S0aercp:Tri- 
WiWa le SharpmakerWa ve ^ 
T^mh flat sidds andMmi^ 
^^s for dealin^mltn plain 
J^Sserrated edq^ The 
I^BP is $74.g^^hicfi 
wjmludes two pairs of 
^^asive stones (medium , 
^md fine grits) and an in- 
^Miictional DVD. The knife^ 
mmthe BY09 Crow fromm 
^^derco's Byrd //raeM 

sists of a molded base into which die-cut 
openings accept a pair of abrasive tri- 
angular abrasive rods at a choice of two 
angles. A pair of brass rods also inserts 
into the base and protects your hands dur- 
ing sharpening. Turn the base over and lay 
the abrasive stones side-by-side and you 
can use the Sharpmaker like a bench stone. 
The base, abrasive stones and protective 
rods store in the base and are held in-place 
by a snap-on lid. 

The triangular abrasive rods have both 
flat sides and corners for dealing with 
plain or serrated edges (this feature alone 
sets this sharpener apart from others of its 
kind). And the ability to set the abrasives 
at different angles adds to the tool's ver- 

While the ceramic abrasive rods may 
shatter if dropped on a hard surface, the 
tool base and lid are molded from tough 
thermoplastics. Sharpening is flawless and 
the resulting bevel is consistent along the 
entire length of the edge. The MSRP is 
$74.95, which includes two pairs of abra- 
sive stones (medium and fine grits) and an 
instructional DVD. 






LOOK TO US TO: • Provide Quality Handle Material 
• Cut To High Standards • Provide Technical Help 


Banyan Bay Ivoryworks Ltd. 

7836 Oberlin Road, Elyria, OH 44035 


■ www.ivoryworksltd.coni 



Specializing in Custom & Randall Knives Since 1 971 

Your Satisfaction is Guaranteed by our Return Policy 

Visit our Web Site, 

also featuring 

manufactured sport knives 

and kitchen cutlery 

1634-C6 Copenhagen Dr. 

Solvang, CA 93463 U.S.A. 


or (800) 992-6574 (orders only) 

APRIL 2006 

BLADE / 53 


Makes It Easy 

You've got a lot of equipment 
to get ready before the season 
starts. Don't forget to sharpen 
your knife properly. It's your 
most important and most used 
tool but is often over-looked. 
With Lansky® sharpeners proper 
knife care is as easy as 1, 2, 3. 


Rating The V's 

Ease of Use Versatility Construction Quality Safety Edge Production Overall Score 

Smith's Sure Sharp 

9 10 10 10 57 

Russell Field Sharpener 
J 9 10 10 10 8 56 

Controlled-Angle System 

Easy to use and produces 
professional results on every 
knife, every time. 

Spyderco Sharpmaker 
10 10 10 7 

Lansky Crock Stick 
10 10 10 8 

DA/7T DiamondVee 
8 10 10 8 

NEW — 

Folding Diamond Paddle 


in a 


of five 

full surface 


grits. Folds into 

comfort grip, 

non-slip handles. , 

NEW — Quick Fix 

Sharpens a blade on the 
tungsten-carbide head and 
polishes on the ceramic rods 
— with just a few strokes.. 

Chef's Choice eXact-V 
9 10 10 8 

Look for Lansky and Crock Stick" 
sharpeners at better sporting goods 
stores, log-on to our website, or ask 

us for a free catalog featuring our 
full line of knife and tool sharpeners. 




Post Office Box 50830, Department BLA 

Henderson, Nevada 89016 USA 


*The scores are the author's based on a scale q, 
in a particular performance category. 

Crock Stick 

The Lansky Professional Crock Stick Sharp- 
ener features a liardwood base, permanent 
hand guard, four alumina ceramic abrasive 
rods, snap-in abrasive rod storage under the 
base and two different sets of pre-drilled 
and angled holes for 
sharpening rod inser- 
tion. You need only to 
set the rods into the 
base and go to work. 

Though you can 
sharpen most plain- 
edge blades with this 
tool, in my opinion, it 
is too large for field 
use. The permanently 
attached hand guard 
is a great safety fea- 
ture but it also factors 
against portability. 
While the ceramic sharpening rods must 
be handled carefully, the base and the hand 
guard are tough as nails. And the inclusion 
of two different sets of abrasive rods (me- 
dium and fine grits) gives the Crock Stick 
high marks when it comes to edge produc- 
tion. MSRP: $41.99. 

i' I-IO, with 10 representing the highest score 

The resulting 

bevel is consistent 

along the entire 

length of the edge." 

— the author 

Two-Stage Sharpener 

The Smith's Abrasives Sure-Sharp Two- 
Stage Knife Sharpening System features 

an innovative mechanical design that en- 
ables you to sharpen both sides of the blade 
at the same time. Two carbide sharpening 
tips are set into the tool base at the correct 
angle. Set into pre-angled holes, two ce- 
ramic sharpening rods allow you to put the 
final finish on both 
sides of the blade 
simultaneously. The 
molded plastic base 
has an extended han- 
dle with a soft rubber 
grip, a flip-up hand 
guard that locks into 
place and non-slip 
rubber feet. 

You can sharpen 
almost any knife, 
even extremely dull 
ones, with little ef- 
fort. The flip-up 
hand guard provides more than adequate 
protection from accidental injury. Plus, the 
entire unit is well made. With an MSRP of 
$18.58, this tool is a real bargain. 

For the contact information for the 
sharpeners in the story, see "Where To Get 
'Em " on page 109. 

54 / BLADE 

APRIL 2006 



A novice knifemaker himself, 
David Loukides teacties one 
of tiis many young appren- 
tices, Robert Bergen, tiow 
to make a fixed blade. At left 
is one of David's knives, a 
fixed-blade hunter with an 
amboyna-wood handle, and at 
right is Robert's first knife, a 
drop-point hunter featuring a 
cocobolo handle, and nickel- 
silver bolsters and pins. 


With their parents' 
consent and a desire and 
commitment to work, kids 
learn knifemaking 

By Wendy Loukides 

'y husband, David Loukides, a nov- 
ice knifemaker liimself, sees knife- 
-making as an opportunity to reacli 
out to young people. It gives kids a chance to 
learn a skill from an adult, and it helps them 
build something of value that they cannot 
make on their own. 

In exposing local youth to knifemak- 
ing, David teaches them skills their parents 
can't help them acquire, he instills disci- 
pline, and he helps them learn a trade. In 
return, my husband also learns from his 

Each of David's young apprentices has, 
at one time or another, expressed an interest 
in learning to make knives. They know my 
husband through church, youth group activi- 

APRIL 2006 

ties and family functions. They have seen his 
shop and been exposed to his work. 

If a local youth tells my husband he is inter- 
ested in knifemaking, David sets up a meeting 
with the parents to discuss their child's desire 
to make knives, what the commitment entails 
and what David expects of them. 

David's "program" consists of a com- 
mitment from the young apprentice to one 
night a week, for three hours each time, of 
hands-on tutoring in knifemaking. The ap- 
prentice works one-on-one with David, 
learning each step of the knifemaking pro- 
cess — from choosing a knife pattern to mak- 
ing the sheath. 

When the knife is finished, David pres- 
ents it to the apprentice's parents. 

BLADE / 55 

•^>«ci. 19*^^ 

'Handles With Care'' 



iprenti~~ ~ 

ice s 



Pearl, Horn, Bone, Exotic Woods, Micarta, 

G-lO's, Carbon Fiber, Celluloid, India Stag, 

ImiStag, Pearl Laminated Veneer Sheets, 

COLORPLY Laminated Wood Veneer, 

Imitation Pearl, Ivory Alternative, Recon Stone 

and a lot More. 

Call to order our catalog 

P.O. Box 423 BL 

254 Amity St., Meriden, CT 06450 

Phone: (203) 238-3049 

E-mail: niasecraft@inasecraftsupply.necoxinail.coin 

Made in the USA 


Willow Leaf 

The new Willow Leaf by Northwoods Knife 
Co. is a product of The Custom Shoppe 
LLC of Gladstone, Mich., USA. This is our 
idea of everything a really useful hunter 
should be: a four-inch blade of high grade 
D2 steel with lots of curve for skinning and 
plenty of point to boot. The guard is of alu- 
minum and the handle beautiful cocobolo, 
curly maple, or a variety of Micarta and G10 
options. The sheath comes complete with a 
field-sized sharpening stone and is of the 
same first-class quality as all our sheaths. 
The perfect lightweight, practical package 
for your outdoor jaunts. 

906-789-1 420 

David G. Shirley and 
The Custom Shoppe, LLC 

7266 U.S. 2 and 41, Gladstone, Ml 49837 

David Loukides (center in bacic row) 
poses witti five of tiis Itnifemaldng ap- 
prentices, all proudly holding knives 
they fashioned. The apprentices are, 
from left, Kevin Bergen, Dave Loukides 
Jr., Micah Belcher, Jacob Belcher and 
Chris Roth. 

Each apprentice joins us for dinner, and if 
the apprentice is unable to come on any given 
evening, he is expected to notify David. 

It is a 15-week program, and the appren- 
tice is expected to pay for the knifemaking 
materials — the steel, handle slabs, leather, 
etc. — which usually comes to about $35. 

It has been a rewarding experience for 
both apprentice and teacher So far, there 
have been five apprentices with another in 
the works. My husband has learned a lot 
from the bright young apprentices. We look 
forward to what the future has in store for 
us and teaching young knifemakers a skill 
they'll have forever. 

56 / BLADE 

APRIL 2006 

The Sword AvntOVy • 888-783-7802 
The New 2005 Last Legend Competition Katanas 

CimtpetitiiMi Bktcks 

^Ffve Ramifies 

Five new design families with six models in each family. Blades designed for Goza competition, blades designed for 

fresh bamboo cutting, models with 1/2 inch sori, models with 1 full inch of sori, and, as always, the customer's 
choice of two standard blade lengths with or without bohi - All at NO extra charge. That gives the customer a choice 
of 120 standard "No Extra Charge" configurations; and with the extra cost options, the customer can now create any 
of 372,960 different configurations, colors, lengths, etc. - for the real martial artist, it's a dream come true. 

Their 2003 editions made Last Legend number one in giving the martial artist a choice with their production blade. 
With their 2005 editions they have even outdone themselves. 30 New models, priced from $297.00 to $929.00. 

Call Sword Armory toll free 888-783-7802 to find out why thousands of real customers consider Last Legend 
the best "production" cutting blades in the world. It's the balance, the design, and unsurpassed customer service. 

If you missed Last Legend's 2nd annual customer 
appreciation weekend, you missed a lot. Held on the 
grounds of the Last Legend facilities, it was Fun in the 
Sun with Swords 2005©. This event was two and a half 
days of Free food. Free cutting. Free instruction by (' < ' 
Senseis from around the world, a hands-on with all the ' \ ., 
latest Last Legend products, T-Shirts, and cutting i 

competitions with cash awards and trophies presented. 
As one guest put it "1 have to rate this as among the top 
ten most fun times 1 have ever had!". It's Last Legend's 
way of thanking their customers, a novel concept. 
Don't miss Fun in the Sun with Swords 2006® 
No one puts customers first, like Last Legend. 

Last Legend products are available at authorized retailers ihroiighoiit North Ameriea, Europe, Asia, and Auslralia. 

bSStf^f ^e ">««* 

Kaj Embretsen's lookbacks and slip joints are 
selling briskly, along with a spectacular bartend- 
er's knife that includes a corkscrew fashioned 
from his own damascus. The handle is ancient 
ivory. Kaj sells his knives in the $2,000 to $3,000 
range. (Point Seven photo) 



Industry professionals keep you current on 
today's most popular makers and their knives 

By Mike Haskew 

58 / BLADE 

APRIL 2006 

Editor's note: In the November BLADE®, 
we ran the story, "Hottest Knives of the 
Hottest Makers." Purveyor Les Robertson 
liked the story idea but said that because 
the hottest knives and the hottest makers 
change so quickly, that we need to do the 
story at least once every six months. We 
agree — and so the following. 

I laying atop the changing handmade 
tknife environment means evaluating 
'the market from time to time. The 
makers and their models that were slow 
sellers six months ago may be on fire to- 
day, and those for which demand soared 
in the recent past may have cooled. Some 
of the top purveyors in the business have 
offered observations on market conditions 
and on those whose knives have surged to 
the forefront or remain in high demand. 

"I'm seeing a trend in knifemakers 
moving upscale and making use of their 
time in order to produce a higher value and 
value-added product," related Neil Ostroff 
of True North Knives. "A knifemaker can 
only make a certain amount of knives per 
month or week, and, like anybody looking 
to maximize their income, arbitrarily rais- 
ing prices on an existing model of knife is 
not a successful way to do this. Customers 
are savvy and want to know why they are 
paying more." 

Several knifemakers, Ostroff said, 
have made the move upstream with em- 
bellishments, accents, and higher-grade 
materials to enhance value and purchasing 
punch. Darrel Ralph remains popular in 
this vein, particularly with his framelock 
flipper known as the Gun Hammer, which 
debuted at the New York Custom Knife 
Show last fall and is this issue's cover knife. 
The flipper on the gun hammer resembles 
the hammer on a 1911 model handgun and 
was an instant hit. (For more on the Gun 
Hammer, see the story on page 12.) 

'A dealer bought the Gun Hammer 
prototype for $1,500," Neil said, "and 
this particular knife has a 4-inch S30V 
hand-rubbed blade. With the manual flip- 
per it sells for $525, and with the Camil- 
lus-licensed Robo power assist it is $675. 
It comes in three shapes: the EDC-X for 
everyday carry in a recurve Dominator- 
shape blade, the Geo Tanto, which is all 
sharp angles, and the modified recurve 
tanto. The titanium framelock with carbon- 
fiber inlays will be offered with damascus, 
pearl and other upgraded materials." 

Extreme Jewelry 

Greg Lightfoot is another knifemaker 
whose continuing upgrades keep the at- 
tention of buyers. His new Catch Dog At- 
tack is selling fast. "This is an extremely 
aggressive tanto blade which complements 
his original Catch Dog [model]," Ostroff 
commented. "Greg is also selling a new 
line which he calls extreme jewelry. All 
of his knives are available in the extreme 

According to purveyor Dan Delavan, John Young is ttie tieir apparent to Biade Maga- 
zine Cutlery Hall-Of-Famer© Bob Loveless and Steve Johnson as far as knives in 
the Loveless style go. Dan said Young's fixed blades sell for anywhere from $500 to 
$1,000. ( photo) 

jewelry family with upgraded handles. 
Once again, these are $300 to $400 knives 
which he is easily selling for double the 
price, but he has upgraded and given the 

customer double." 

Ostroff also singles out Swedish knife- 
maker Kaj Embretsen and New Mexico 
maker Bob Terzuola. Embretsen's lock- 


Knife Mn 

r^i' llioli I'i'rfwininii' lllidi' 

Welcome to a discussion about 
the worid of i<nives. 

Ed Fowler's 

books represent the 

quintessential collection 

of theories; the most 

definitive statements 

from the heart of the 

forge itself Developed 

through years of 

exhaustive research and 

exploration info all that 

is the forged knife, these 

books explore the 
beginning, the evolution^- 
and the future of iI3l 

Get your autograptied 
copy of Knife Tali< ii 
$20 plus $3.55 S&H 

Buy 2 or more for only one shipping charge 




APRIL 2006 

BLADE / 59 

Great Prices and 
Great Service on: 

Chris Reeve Knives 





William Henry 


Case Select 








A I Mar 


And over 50 other 

brands featured in our 

store and at 
www. newgraham. com 

566 Virginia Ave. 
Bluefield,VA 24605 

Purveyor Dan Delavan said Ryuichi Kawamu- 
ra and Hiroaki Ohta are making folders 
with natural handle materials and ATS-34 
stainless blades priced from $500-$1,400. 
Kawamura's multi-blade features ATS-34 
stainless steel and a Remington bone handle, 
"oint Seven photo 

backs and slip joints are selling briskly, 
along with a spectacular bartender's knife 
that includes a corkscrew fashioned from 
his own damascus. Embretsen sells his 
knives in the $2,000 to $3,000 price range. 
Seventy-five percent of Terzuola's current 
output is upgraded versions of his popular 
standards. While one of his basic ATCF 
models may sell at $500, those with hand 
checkering on the scales, the addition of 
an ivory toothpick, leather lanyard and 

solid gold thumb stud are fetching $1,000 
or more. 

Purveyor Les Robertson acknowl- 
edges the staying power of Walter Brend's 
tacticals, particularly the Model 11. "That 
model will routinely sell for $1,500 or 
$1,600 in the aftermarket and for $1,100 
retail," said Robertson. "I have had numer- 
ous knives by Walter with handles in wood, 
stag, ivory and sheep horn." 

Generally, Robertson sees the knives 

When it comes to hot slip joints, few 
make them as well as Gray Taylor. His 
elegant lobster penknives sport elaborate 
checkering on their black-lip mother-of- 
pearl handles, 14k-gold liners, bolsters, 
pins and bails, and ATS-34 blade steel. 
Closed lengths: 3 inches. His list prices 
for his slip joints range from $1,000 to 
$3,000. (Point Seven photo) 



60 / BLADE 

APRIL 2006 

The Makers, The Knives & The 

Price Tags 



List Price ** 

Reggie Barker 

forged hunter 


Tony Bose 

lockback whittler 


Walter Brend 

Model II 


Kit Carson 



Joel Chamblin 

slip joints 


Larry Chew 



Scott Cook 



Jim Davis 

small hunting, utility knives 


Adam Des Rosiers 

forged hunter 


Kaj Embretsen 

bartender's knife 


Dan Farr 

forged hunter 


D.B. Fraley 

flipper folder 


Brett Gatlin 

forged hunter 


Randy Golden 

straight knives 


Ryuichi Kawamura 

slip joints 


Greg Lightfoot 

Catch Dog Attack 


Shawn Mclntyre 

forged hunter 


Mike Obenauf 

Model II 


Hiroaki Ohta 

slip joints 


Warren Osborne 



Mel Pardue 

art knives 


Darrel Ralph 

Gun Hammer 


Richard Rogers 

slip joints 


Bill Ruple 

slip joints 


Mike Ruth 

forged hunter 


Bill Sanders 

fixed-blade survival knives 


Gray Taylor 

slip joints 


Bob Terzuola 

Upscale ATCF 


Brion Tomberlin 

forged hunter 


John White 

forged hunter 


John Young 

Loveless style 


*Gleaned from the source 

's interviewed for the story and the makers themselves, and listed 

in alphabetical order by 

maker. Only the makers in the story for whose knives list prices 

and/or values could be obtained are listed. There are, of course, other hottest makers and 

their hottest knives. 

**Will vary according to the seller and the materials used to make the knife. 

of the ABS master smiths as continuing 
to gain momentum, particularly those of 
Mike Ruth, John White, Dan Farr, Brion 
Tomberlin, Adam Des Rosiers, Reggie 
Barker, Brett Gatlin, and Australian Shawn 
Mclntyre. Prices range from $325 to $375 
on forged hunters from this group. 

The Cobra and Mini Cobra by Phil 
Boguszewski remain highly sought after. 
"He has eight to 10 different knife models," 
Les said, "and all of them are well made. 
But he makes only about 80 knives a year, 
and that isn't very many. The last time I 
talked to him he was three years behind 
[on orders]." Phil's knives sell from $550 
to $3,000. 

"Tactical knives in general, multi- 
blades and forged blades are probably the 
three biggest and hottest markets right 
now," Robertson remarked. "Kit Carson 
is still extremely hot due in large part to 
the fact that he hasn't made that many 
knives. He was in demand before, but his 

knives are doubling in the aftermarket. He 
is a household name among custom buyers 
and is best known for his Model 4." New 
Carson knives typically sell in the $400 to 
$750 range. 

Other makers noted by Robertson in- 
clude Terzuola and his all-titanium ATCF, 
Mike Obenauf and his Model II tactical 
folder at approximately $375, the Japanese 
style work of R.J. Martin, particularly the 
Rampage II, the flipper folders of D.B. 
Fraley at $475 to $500, Scott Cook's $495 
Lochsa folder, the multi-blades of Tony 
Bose, Reese Bose and Eugene Shadley, 
and Larry Chew's Corsair flipper at $475 
to $550. 

The Legends Live 

"The hottest stuff I know of right now is 
the work of Bob Loveless and Bill Moran," 
offered Alabama purveyor David Hodge. 

"That's mainly due to the money involved 
in them. Every once in a while I get one in 

Fine Crafted Knives 

Lone Wolf Knives is dedicated to 
building the best collectable, 
hunting, military/police and utility 
knives produced anywhere in the 
world. We use the best materials 
and craftsmanship with the goal of 
earning your business by making 
knives that are state of the art in 
construction, beautiful in appear- 
ance and superior in performance. 

Harsey T2 Tanto Camo 

CPM-S30V blade 
Titanium frame 
LCI 4635 


9373 SW Barber Street, Ste A 
Wilsonville, OR 97070 
Dealer Locator At 

APRIL 2006 

BLADE / 61 

1-800-956-5696 Toll free USA & Canada PRICE • SELECTION • SERVICE 


USA Ka-batrCOlOina gl^T M 

K N I V » E S J 




' w . 1 < 


Ed Wormser jjn, chamas 
847.757-9926 ^£ BUY C U E CT I N S "^■^°''""'° 

Loveless Walker .i#<rT*>w Lake Moran 


Sr^/i^ 5 Blades 




Gayle Bradley, Maker 

1383 Old Garner Road 

Weatherford, TX 76088-8720 


The Original and Largest Catalog of Cutlery on the Web 



of the Cutlery Industry 


Dest of trie besx 

on trade and sell it quickly at a fair price. 
Other makers that are doing well right now 
are Mel Pardue, Randy Golden, Bill Ruple 
and Joel Chamblin. Of course, there are 
also the old masters like Steve Hoel, Frank 
Centofante, Ron Lake, Jess Horn, John 
Busfield and Durvyn Howard." 

Hodge points to new pieces from Par- 
due, such as art knives with damascus, 
mother-of-pearl, ivory and horn handles, 
which are selling from $675 to $1,100 and 
occasionally up to $3,000. Known for his 
utility knives, Pardue has responded to 
the market with these pieces and is seeing 
them take off 

Golden's straight blades with various 
stainless steels such as BG-42, 154CM, 
ATS-34 and S30V are selling fast. His 
work includes hunters from $300 to $400, 
bowies around $900 to $1,000, and fight- 
ers from $350 to $1,000. "I've sold every 

62 / BLADE 

APRIL 2006 




'^H^^( •%'''■ 




1 m 

As they have for severa 

1 r 

years, the multi-blades 


1 m 

of Tony Bose draw top 


dollar. His list price for 


his lookback whittler in 


^ m 

Remington bone and 



ATS-34: $1,500. (Sharp- 

■ 9 photo) 


one I could get my hands on, except the 
last one I got from him, and that's just be- 
cause I don't have it on my website yet," 
David noted. 

"Joel [Chamblin's] traditional slip joints 
in patterns like the gunstock and trapper 
and so forth are going for $600 to $1,100 
right now," Hodge added. "These have 
a lot of checkering, pique work and gold 
with natural handle materials. Bill Ruple 
does the old patterns too, like the sowbelly, 
congress and saddlehorn trapper. He's us- 
ing ivory, stag and jigged bone with prices 
from $675 to $1,100, depending on the 
number of blades and the materials." 

Slip Joints Moving 

At Plaza Cutlery, Dan Delavan deals pri- 
marily in slip joints, and several of the 
knifemakers who specialize in the catego- 
ry have experienced a surge in popularity. 
Japanese makers Ryuichi Kawamura and 
Hiroaki Ohta are making folders with nat- 
ural handle materials and ATS-34 stainless 
blades priced from $500 to $1,400. "I used 
to be able to get knives from Kawamura 
easily, but he has a backlog now," Dan said, 
"and Ohta sold out very quickly at [this past 
fall's] Las Vegas Show." 


K N I vm E s 

Canadian Distributor 

Model 1596 SPEC Bump 


PH: 306-374-3343 • E-mail: swords. 

No one in Canada has more knives! 

Case Collection 

Bon Jls House702.87ti^^ 
Of Cutlery las vegas, nv. 

Gerber Collectibles 

Home Of Hard 
To Find Items 

Mother Of Pearl BUCK 

Looking for a Knife Dealer? 

Featuring unique custom and production knives. 
Offering "Local Dealer" service and "Internet Dealer" pricin] 

www.myknifedealer. com 

Lyttn O Olson 

Collector Knives 

Telephone: 1 (800) 207-6615 

APRIL 2006 

BLADE / 63 

1701 Broadway #282 • Vancouver, WA 98663 
PH: 360-735-0570 • 888-476-4400 

Dest of xne besx 

According to Delavan, other well- 
known makers of slip joints continuing 
on the rise include veterans such as War- 
ren Osborne with his popular interframes, 
particularly a two-blade model called the 
Duster, which sells for $1,200 to $3,000 
depending on the materials; Hoel's in- 
terframes in coke bottle or straight oval 
styles; Gray Taylor's array of traditional 
classics from $1,000 to $3,000; and the 
Sheffield-style multi-blades of Richard 
Rogers at $700 to $1,500. 

"[John] Young is also probably one of 
the hottest makers in anything he does," 
Dan advised. "He is the heir apparent, in 
my opinion, to Steve Johnson and Bob 
Loveless with his Loveless-style knives. 
[Young's knives sell for] anywhere from 
$500 to $1,000, and his hunting knives 

64 / BLADE 

APRIL 2006 


mAnother maker of 
m hot forged hunters is 
W Brion Tomberlin. His 
if "personal model" has 
a clip-point blade of 
1084 carbon steel and 
an ironwood handle. 
Overall length: 9 
inches. List price 
range: $325-$375. 
(Point Seven photo) 

with ATS-34 mirror-finished blades and 
handles in stag, wood and horn go imme- 

Delavan also sees Lightfoot's tactical 
exclusive called the Bark with a bark mam- 
moth handle as being hot, along with the 
rest of Greg's work in the $500 to $1,500 
range. Jim Davis, who files his blades rath- 
er than grinding them for his small hunters 
and utility pieces, is commanding $500 to 
$1,500 for examples of his work, which 
include a number of knives with ancient 
walrus ivory handles, Delavan added. 

Also, in a special note, the Plaza Cut- 

lery owner said that Bill Sanders, one of 
the original members of the Timberline 
Knives team, is on the comeback trail with 
fixed-blade survival knives in stag and 
wood handles for $175 to $500. 

For the contact information for the knives 
in the story, see "Where To Get 'Em " on 
page 109. 




PHONE 770-964-1 023 FAX 770-306-2877 










' Classic, time-proven drop-point hunter design - 8" overall length with 3-25" blade 

' Choice of two steels - CPMS30V stainless or D2 tool steel 

' Slender blade reduces drag when skinning and fleshing, easier to sharpen 

• Full tang, ergonomically designed handle for strength and comfort 

• Convenient lanyard opening 

' Blade double drawn, cryogenic ally treated to RcH 59-60 
' Suregrip, Genuine Stag or Desert Ironwood handles 
' American made leather sheath 
' Made in USA; Lifetime Warranty 


APRIL 2006 

BLADE / 65 

The Basse Combat 









>\ vik^'t 

\i I. ■v.v 


Now available from: 

^ Base price: $287.00 

Many finish options are available. 

The Hell Razor features our new patent pending "Corrugated Bevel 
Technology". The corrugated convex bevel on the Hell Razor not only 
greatly strengthens the blade but reduces the overall weight of the knife 
while also reducing the cutting friction along the entire height of the bevel. 

See our other Busse Combat models at 

© 2005 Busse Combat Knife Company. ALl rights reserved. 




APRIL 2006 


Call or Write: 

J.W. Denton 

102 N. Main St., Box 429 

Hiawassee, GA 

30546-0429 FAX 706-896-1212 

706-896-2292 24 Hrs. 

Associate Member 
Knifemakers Guild 


Knife Collections 

A Fair and Reputable Dealer for Over 25 Years • Immediate Payment for Knives 

We Purchase Entire Knife Collections • No Collection Too Large or Too Small 

Customs/ An tique/Commemoratives 

Bill Burke Knives 

burke53 1 

b^ The Best Bill Burke 
you can get! 

^^^^^ new address: 

Photo by BiaJe"GallerY 12 Chapman Lane, Boise, 11X83716 * 208-336-3792 

Tru Hone 

Knife Sharpener 

The Tru Hone Kiiife 
Sharpener gives you a per- 
fectly sharpened knife in a 
fraction of the time 
required by old-fash- 
ioned methods. It sharpens both bevels of a knife 
blade simultaneously, resulting in equal bevels and 
precision sharpness in less than a minute. The 
Tru Hone can easily be adjusted to different angles 
allowing you to tailor your knives for any type of 
cutting operation. Its heavy duty stainless steel 
construction and 1/2 hp motor means you will get 
years of maintenance free knife sharpening. 

Tru Hone Corp. 

1721 NE 19th Ave. • Ocala, FL 34470 USA 

(352) 522-1213 • FAX (352) 622-9180 


6AL/4V and Commercially Pure Titanium, Sheet, 

Bar, Rod, Stainless Steel Fasteners; Carbon Fiber, 

G-10; Titanium Pocket Clip Blanks 

Specializing in hard to find knifemaking materials 

- Full line of Tactical Knife-making Supplies 

- 6 Lobe Stainless Steel Fasteners 

- Wholesale Prices on Carbon Fiber 

- G-10 Available in Colors 

- Rings 

See Our New Specials Page 

Call: 888-283-8627 
Fax: 413-289-2372 

Web site: 
E-Mail Address: 


S P.O. Box 214, Three Rivers, MA 01080 S 

BLADE/ 67 

Bill Moran School of Bladesmithing 


Washington, Arkansas 





Feb. 13-24 

Intro to Bladesmithing 


Feb. 27-Mar. 3 




Mar. 27-Apr. 7 

Intro to Bladesmithing 


Apr. 10-14 




Apr. 17-21 

Handles & Guards 



May 6 -7 

Spring Hammer-In 



May 8-19 

Intro to Bladesmithing 




Intro to Bladesmithing 

K. & H. Harvey 

Jul. 10-14 


Tim Foster 


Intro to Bladesmithing 



Jul 31 -Aug. 4 

Handles & Guards 



Oct. 2-13 

Intro to Bladesmithing 



Oct. 16-20 




Oct. 23-27 

Handles & Guards 



Oct. 28-29 

Fall Hammer-In 



Schedule subject to change 


Contact Mr. Scotty Hayes, ABS School Director 


903/838-4541, ext. 237 

Texarkana College — 

- 500 N. Robison Road— Texarkana, TX 75599 

Finest Quality 
Superior Service 

Popular Blade Material 

440C, 440V, ATS-34, 154 CM, 

BG-42, 52100, D-2, 0-1, A-2, 1084, 

15N20, Nickel 200, Damascus. 
Guard Bolster & Liners 

304, 416, 410, Nickel Silver, Titanium, 

Brass, Copper and Aluminum. 
Handle Material 

Colored G-10, Carbon Fiber, Colored 

Phenolics, Natural Woods, 

Dymondwood®, Horn, Bone and 

Reconstructed Stone. 
Pocket Knife Supplies 

Steel Balls, Washers, Thumbbobs, 6 

Spline and Hex Screws, Clips, Mokume, 

Mosaic Bolsters and Pivot Pins. 

Heat Treat Supplies, Tools, Handle Bolts, 

Polishing Supplies, Engraving Supplies, 

Abrasive Belts, Blades, Books & Videos. 

Catalogs $5.00 U.S.A. 
* $8.00 outside U.S.A. 


P.O. 80X741107, Orange City, FL 32774-1107 

Phone: 386-775-6453 • Fax: 386-774-5754 



15th Annual 
Greater Shenandoah Valley 

Knife Show 

March 31st -April 2nd 

Rockingham Co. Fairgrounds 
Harrisonburg, VA 

For Show & Booth Info Contact 

Joey Foltz 


[j Learn from the masters in your own home t] 

[\ Ed Caffrey - ABS " 

'i Dwayne Dusha" " 

1^ Chuck Burro v^ 

^{ David Bra^^H^Sculpting ^ 

ll Johnny S^^^Hollow Grinding |^ 

)] Gene^^^^p Cable Damascus f| 

ss Instructional Videos v\ (i 

(817) 281-5424 ► 



Everything for 
Knife Making! 

201 W. Stillwell 
DeQueen, AR 71832 

(870) 642-7643 

FAX (870) 642-4023 

E-MAIL; uncleal@ipa,net 

No. 3 Five Inch 

M.S. A. Co. Safety Hunting Knife 

2002 Reproduction 


2036 13th Street, Menominee, Ml 49858 

pli: 906.864.3922 • fax: 906.864.3924 

Toll Free: 877-622-2397 



with 3 advantages: 


+ for right and left handed users 
+ self adjusting lock 
-^ closed blade is hold by sprlngforce. 
Made in GERMANY 


Cera-Titan Blade 

To place an order or request a FREE catalog 
of knives, call toll-free: 800.992.6537x18 
or write to: Boker USA,1 550 Balsam St. 
Lakewood, CO 80214-5917 

1 88 Zeta 
V $97.95 

68 / BLADE APRIL 2006 

Kliidill Tiidle %i?e$5 

P.O. Box 1988 
Orlando, Florida 32802 






" SKY 

With Pry 
Bar Splitter 


Sftort Tfarust 

... Higfi Impact 


Blade- 4 3/8" X (J/45 
0/A - 9 112" 

► Your 


for European Knives 

Puma ■ Boker ■ Dovo ■ Eickhorn 
H Fallkniven ■ Helle ■ Marttiini 
^^^^^ EKA ■ Opinel ■ Laguiole 
^^^^^ Wenqer ■ Victorinox 


^"^ " 

^^ and many others... 

w w w.TQQLSHOP. d e 

Handle ■ G-10 (Traction Style) 
Steel - 1095 High Carbon Alioy - Re 58 


Fine Knives 
Handcrafted in ttie 
Foothills of ttie 

P.O. Box 537 

Broadalbin, NY 12025 


S. ^. 6. 

Michael O'Mactiearley 
129 Lavrtiview Drive 

Wfilrningtoii, Oliio 4SI77 

(937) 382-7569 

Ci^'sUjni SliT/itli>, fV LivjLln'iwijik 




2yi>3 '&iiUi iiMO 


480.987.3576 • Cell -480.244.7768 
1 9432 E. Cloiid Road • Queen Creek, AZ 85242 
www.moonblades.CQm ■ mike®mooribladesj:o3 

Cove Cutlery Ltd 

Fine Custom and 
Production Knives 


products to 

choose from on 

our Web site. 

Cove Cutlery Ltd. 

USRte 1 (Jet. 216) 
Charlestown, RI 401-322-1311 

£l " APACHE DAWN " ' 

with ALRT Tool 

" ALRT "'" K 
(Anywhere Last Resort Tool) 

01 A ■ 3 7/2" 
Btade- 13I8"X (3I1B^ 

Handle - G-TO (Traction Style; 
Steel - T09S NIgli Carbon Mtoy - Ro 58 ^ 

EDGE" '■ 

S #RE3010 


MOSSni (Combat ■ Baclfup) 
OIA- 6 r/4" 
C Blade - 

3 1/8" X 3/16" 

OIA -10 t/24" 

Cutting Edge ■ 5 112 

Thickitess ■ (3116'^ ^ 

Both Knives : 

Hartdles ■ Black Linen tlficarta® 
Blade Color - Black Traction Coating 
Steel ■ 1095 High Carbon Alloy - Re 58 

" CQT-iWM I"~ 
Color- Tactical Gray 

"CgTjj"'-" CQT-6.5 " 
SHP $799. +S3,H 

APRIL 2006 

BLADE / 69 

The Art of Lonewolf 




by Wei 

J^ Lonewolf & Sons 

481 Hwy. 105, Demorest, GA 30535 

Phone: 706-754-4660 FAX: 706-754-8470 

Brochure: $1.00 
VISA & MC Accepted 


Gary Root 

Bob Eggerling Damascus 

5" Blade 

Impala Horn Handle 

644 East 14th Street • Erie, PA 16503 

ffUlt" Measure of Quality 

Custom Made Knives 

George Trout 

P.O. Box 13 Cuba Ohio 45114 

Ph. 937-382-2331 


Cass Harris 

Part-Time Maker 

P.O. Boxl47 
Bluemont,VA 20135" 


Fine Japanese Knives direct from Japan 

With 750 years of sword -making Inistory and 

tradition, we offer the finest brand knives direct 

from Sel<i. Japan at tlie great saving prices. 



Contact: Lowell Snoddy 

Reba's Enterprises 

419 Warner Street, NW 

HuntsvlUe, AL 35805 (256) 837-0308 

ohare knives 

"Silver Raven" 

Scan O'Hare 
't> Hns 374 
Fort Siitip&on> NT 
Canada, .XOE ONI) 
}ie^n'a <ihiirekitiv€> 
H wH.olia re kn ivcs.i-a 

70 /BLADE APRIL 2006 



4941 Cardinal Trail 
Palm Harbor, FL 34683 
Phone: (727) 942-6420 

or (603) 943-1327 


Willy B. Ellis 
'® \ Knifemaker 

A^vards For 


Specializing In: 
Hand Carved Ivory 
Antler and Horn 
Exotic Woods 
File Works 
Stone Settings 
Handmade Sheaths 

For Dealers Only! 

For Dealers Only! 

For Dealers Only! 



Available only at 

National Knife 

Distributors. Inc. 

The Phantom ReHex, wilh its new taudh force 
technology, offers the speed and dependabfli- 
ty of an automatic knife in an assisted opening tormat. 
The patent pending design of ^e newest Randall King's (olders 
make'$ ^ one ol the most praclicai pocket knives on today's market. 
Has T-6 aluminum handles with a camoHauge anodization, ttie knile is very 
strong, yet light. H^ an ATS-34 blade wiiti a black oxide coating. From (he lacti- 
cal arena to the oHic$, th^ Phantom Retlex is engineered lor quality. 
ITEM # RKPRCAMS Retail S1 69-95 

We Also Carry: 

Smith ^Wessoa'^ 

CaWiJEEL Ka-Bar 

If!. ^f( 



Call Us Toll Free 

I.JCIII ui luii rrwts -Brand Names -Courteous Operators 

•i _Qr\(~)_AA'7 ^A'iAQ ■Dependable Sales Staff -Quick Service 

125 Depot St. Forest City, NC 28043 Telephone 828-245-4321 Fax 828-245-5121 
E-Mail us at or Visit our web site at www 

Edmund Davidson 

Tlie Integral- 

The Ultimate 

Hand Tool 

BG-4X Steel 


s34S Virginia Ave, 
fioshen, VA 24439 
^^ Phone: S40-997-S6S1 

ivtvtv.eilm iin (tela t;ifi.vom.coin 

420 5tainls39 

i4 B\d-r 13 irtchsi overall 

Sm Bl^; 4-,625 fnches overs II 
AB3 sheath Lvith clip9 
for carry in both vertical 
& horizontal pOBition 

RO. Box 10785 
Murtteesboto, TN37ia9 

Sale priced at jusl: 

+ Shipping 
S7.9& US 











..tfie ni^fit was co(d, 
the moon was (ow... 
...tfte enemy was in si^lit... 



+ S&H 


Blade Length ■ 6 J/2" 
Cutting Edge ■ S 7/8" 
0/A Length ■ 1 1 3/4" Thickness -1/4" 
Blade Color - Black Traction Coating 
Steel ■ 1095 High Carbon Alloy fie 58 
Handle - Black Linen MIcarta® 
Sheath Included 
Mfg. - Handcrafted In the USA 


Tactical-OPS USA 

P. 0. Box 2544 

Idaho Falls, ID 83403 

Phone (208) 542-0113 

FAX (208) 552-2945 




APRIL 2006 

BLADE/ 71 




SEAL TEAM 1 & 3 




+ S&H 


" MISSION TEAM 21 "'' 

Specifications : 
Blade Length - 6 314" 
Cutting Edge ■ 5 3/4" 
0/A Length - 11 3/4" 
Thiciiness ■ (114" 
Biade Color - Biacif 
Steel - 1095 High Carbon Ailoy Re 58 
Handle - GreenlBlack MIcarta® Semi Gioss 
Sheath ■ Included 
MFG. - Handcrafted 
In The USA 


Tactical-OPS USA 

P. 0. Box 2544 

Idaho Falls, ID 83403 

Phone (208) 542-0113 

FAX (208) 552-2945 




"Knife Making 
Sanding Belts" 


Top Quality Cloth Belts A/ O 


2" X 48" 
2" X 60" 
6" X 48" 

Any grit 

.700 ea. 

.700 ea. 
$1.15 ea. 
$1.70 ea. 
$2.90 ea. 

* Belts (any-size) sheets, discs, rolls, etc. 

Available in A/0 - sil-carbide, Zirconia, 
Cork, Scotch-brite material 

G.L. Pearce Abrasive Co. 

(Abrasive specialist) 

12771 Rt, 536 
Punxsutawney, PA 15767 

814-938-2379 for info & catalogs 

800-938-0021 purchases only 

VISA, MasterCard, C.O.D. 

shipping & handling $7.95 


Shape Your Large Blades 
By Hot Forging 


Reaches Welding Temperature 




NC Tool Company Inc 

6133 Hunt Road 

Pleasant Garden, NC 27313 


ohare knives 

Silver Raven" 

Scan OJtiiri' 

867-695-16 1 y 

HO Unit 374 

Fort Simpson^ NT 

CaiiadiJ, XOFOXO 

seaitia iiharekii]Vts.c:i 

wv» » . ohn rt? k n i v 

Dorr't miss the rtext 


June '06 Feb. 15, 2006 

July '06 Mar. 15, 2006 

August '06 April 19, 2006 

Sept. '06 May 17, 2006 

Oct. '06 June 14, 2006 

For advertising Information contact 


700 E. State St. 

lola, Wl 54990-0001 

1-800-272-5233 ext. 642 

FAX (71 5) 445-4087 

72 / BLADE APRIL 2006 

„ 20t)6 ^ 

Blade Show 

June 16, 17, 18, 2006 
In Atlanta's Cobb Galleria Centre 


Friday, June 16: 2pm - 7pm 
Sunday, June 

Show Highlights 


Saturday, June 17: 9am - 6pm 
18: 9am - 4pm 

• American Bladesmith Society 
Annual Convention 

• Special Knifemakers Guild Section 

• FREE "Super Seminars" 

• Blade Magazine's 2006 Knives of the Year^w 
and Handmade Awards''''^ 

• 2006 BLADE Magazine Cutlery Industry 
Hall-of-Fame Inductions 

• The Nation's Top Collections 

• Over 600 Knifemaker and Antique Tables 
and Manufacturers' Booths 

• All Major Knifemaking Suppliers 

Thanks to Exhibitors 

such as Karen Dudley with Virginia Blade 

pictured below, all Attendees have a 

chance to win great knives in our 

Win-A-Blade Game. 

For more information on Virginia Blade, 
see "Where To Get Em." 

• 2006 Hotel Reservations • 

Renaissance Waverly Hotel 

Phone: (770) 953-4500 

Mention the Blade Show 

for Special Rate 

Book Early as rooms do sell out! 

• Travel Discounts • 

United Airlines is the official air carrier 
for the BLADE Show. 

Call 800-521-4041. 

Use Event Code 554SF. 

Avis is the official car rental service. 

The discount code is J099319. 

Call them at 800-331-1600 

For additional information contact 


700 East State Street 
lola, Wl 54990-0001 

(877) 746-9757 

Fax: (715)445-4087 






Only B0( per word 

Minimum cliarge is $9.00 per ad. 


(Consecutive Issues Only Of The Same Ad.) 
1-2 Issues No Discount; 3-6 Issues 15%; 7-12 Issues 20% 


6010 American Knife Co. 

6020 Baldwin Cutlery Co. 

6025 Bell(nap Hardware Co. 

6030 Bertram (C) Cutlery Co. 

6035 Boker Germany 

6040 Bol<er USA 

6045 Bruckman (E) Cutlery 

6050 Bruckmann, Solingen 

6055 Burkinshaw Knife Co. 

6060 Camillus 

6065 Canton Cutlery Co. 

6070 Case Brothers 

6075 Cattaraugus 

6080 Central City Knife Co. 

6090 Christy Knife Co. 

6095 Colonial Cutlery Co. 

6100 Cripple Creek, USA 

6105 Diamond Edge 

6110 Eagle Pocket Knife Co. 

6120 Eye Brand Knives 

6125 George Wostenholm 

6130 Gerber Legendary 

6135 Grohmann 

6140 Heimerdinger Cutlery Co. 

6150 Henry Sears 1865 

6175 John Primble, Belknap 

6200 Klaas, Robert 

6210 Lackawanna Cutlery Co. 

6225 Marble Arms & Manf Co. 

6235 Napanoch Knife Co. 

6254 Ontario Knife Co. 

6262 Pal Cutlery Co. 

6282 Russell Barlows 

6300 Utica 

6310 Wade & Butcher 

6325 Misc. Antique Factory 


6340 Al Mar 

6380 Barteaux Machetes Inc. 

6390 Bear MGC 

6398 Benchmade 

6421 Blue Mountain 

6424 Boker 
6448 Buck 

6466 Bulldog 

6476 C.A.S. Iberia Inc 

6480 Camillus 

6486 Case 

6492 Case Classics 

6510 Cold Steel 

6523 Columbia River 

Knife & Tool 

6530 Cripple Creek 

6580 Fairbairn-Sykes 

6586 Fight'n Rooster 

6614 Gerber 

6650 Henckels 


6700 Ka-Bar 

6766 Marble's 

6842 Puma 

6860 Queen 

6876 Remington 

6940 Smith & Wesson 

6944 Sog Specialty 

6952 Spyderco 

7000 Tops 

7040 Valley Forge 

7046 Victorinox 

7084 Winchester 

7090 Misc. Factory Brands 

7100 Advertising 

7126 Baseball Bat 

7132 Bayonets 

7138 Bolos 

7144 Boot 

7152 Bowies 

7158 Bowies (Antique) 

7180 Camp 

7232 Commemoratives/ 

Limited Editions 

7290 Diving 

7322 Fighters 

7334 Folding 

7338 Folding (Multi-Blade) 

7344 Fruit 

7374 Hunting (Folders) 

7376 Hunting (Straight) 

7420 Machetes 

7450 Navy 

7460 Oftice 

7466 One-Hand 

7526 Razors 

7532 Rifleman's 

7540 Scout 

7546 Senator 

7576 Sog (Type) 

7602 Swords 

7622 Tool/Pliers 

7628 Toothpick 

7640 Trench 

7650 Utility 

7660 Wharncliffe 

7666 Whittler 

7674 Misc. Knite Types/ 


7718 Bartrug (Hugh) 

7778 Bose (Tony) 

7785 Boye (David) 

7792 Burke (Dan) 

7800 Centofante (Frank) 

7818 Cooper (John Nelson) 

7825 Corbit (Jerry) 

7888 Davis (Terry) 

7928 Emerson (Ernest) 

7958 Fisk (Jerry) 

7980 Fowler (Ed) 

8020 Gilbreath (Randall) 

8030 Goddard (Wayne) 
8128 Holder (D') 
8188 Hudson (Bobbin) 
8348 Lile (Jimmy) 
8400 Loveless (Bob) 
8450 Moran (Bill) 
8708 Randall 
8788 Ruana (Rudy) 
8808 Scagel (William) 
8880 Shadley (Eugene) 
8900 Smith (J.D.) 
8968 Terzuola (Robert) 
9000 Tighe (Brian) 
9100 Walker (Michael) 
9150 Warenski (Buster) 
9170 Wile (Peter) 
9180 Yellowhorse (David) 
9224 Miscellaneous 

9310 Civil War 
9365 Korean 
9405 Vietnam 
9432 WWI 
9445 WWII - German 
9450 WWII -Japanese 
9465 WWII - USA 
9470 WWII - Miscellaneous 
9475 Miscellaneous Military 

9680 Agency Wanted 
9685 Appraisal Services 
9690 Auction Services 
9700 Books / Magazines / 

9705 Buy /Sell /Trade 

9710 Catalogs /Mail Order 


9712 Cigar Cutters 

9715 Collectible 


9720 Collections 

9730 Dealers Wanted 

9735 Design Services 

9738 Distr Wanted 

9740 Engraving 

9750 Factory Reps Wanted 

9770 Handle Materials 

9780 Heat Treating 

9790 Knife Boxes / Containers 

9800 Knife Cases / Displays 

9810 Knife Clubs /Societies 

9825 Knife Rolls 

9840 Knifemaking Equipment 

9850 Knifemaking Instruction 

9875 Knifemaking Supplies 

9890 Knife Shops 

9895 Knife Shows 

9900 Leather /Sheaths 

9915 Manufacturers Wanted 

9924 Memorabilia (Knife) 

9935 Multiple Brands For Sale 

9936 Multiple Brands Wanted 
9938 Oils & Lubricants 
9940 Original Catalogs 
9945 Repair (Knife) 

9965 Sales /Auctions 

9975 Scrimshaw 

9980 Services, Miscellaneous 

9985 Sharpening/ 


9988 Show Cases 

9991 Steels 

9993 Tobacco Products 

9996 Miscellaneous Products 


BUYING KNIVES: Case, Randalls, custom handmade and out- 
of-production. Years in business. Confidentially assured. 
Sensitive to estates. Please call 817-645-6008 anytinne day/ 
night or e-mail 


AL MAR Knives wanted by collector. 1 to 100. Also catalogs, 
price lists etc. Stu Shaw 772-285-3755. E-mail: 


BENCHMADE MICROTECH Spyderco wanted! Buying in bulk. 
Pays fast. Mike 313-594-7461. E-mail: 

BUCK KNIVES on consignment. To sell or for list of knives to 
buy, call Larry Oden. 765-472-2323 wkday eves, or Sat. 
References available. 

OLDER CASE pocketknives for sale. XX, USA, 10 Dot and 
others. Clean outstanding knives with pretty handles. Please 
call or write for my list. Cinariie Mattox, PO Box 1 565, Gallatin, 
TN 37066. 1-877-520-9192, voice mail pager. Mobile phone 
615-419-5669. Http:// 

74 / BLADE 

WANTED: CASE pocketknives especially 10 Dot and older. 
Check with Charlie before you sell. Call or write. Charlie 
Mattox, PO Box 1565, Gallatin, TN 37066. 1-877-520-9192, 
voice mail pager. Mobile phone 615-419-5669. 


REMINGTON KNIVES: Bullets, Wildlife, commemoratives, 
anniversary issues all years. Product information and pricing. 
800-622-5120 daytime. 


SPYDERCO COLLECTIONS wanted: Unused/ mint condition, 
rare or common, 5 to 125 knives. Also wanted: Microtech, 
Benchmade, Vintage Bucks, others. Cash waiting. Mike 313- 
594-7461. Email: 

TOPS KNIVES- Buy from Blade Place and save. Orders over 
$100 get free shipping (USA Only). Buy 2 knives and get 1 0% 
discount. Toll Free order line 888-356-4724 or order online Mention this ad to get your discount. 


CUSTOM FOLDERS collection with unusual locking devices, 
large collection photos available. Good prices. 


SUPERIOR SWORDS Indestructible. Simply The Best, Brady 
Odom Master Sword Maker 1-800-573-4005 28 


RUANA KNIVES-WANTED By long time collector. New knives 
or old knives with "M° stamp, small knife stamp or signature. 
No collection to small. Any condition. Call or write-Vincent 
Roberts, 300 Marshall Ll\l SE, Cleveland, TN. 37323-(423- 
559-5168). or 


SCAGEL KNIVES and axes wanted: Gordon White, PO Box 
181, Cuthbert, GA 39840. 229-732-6982 anytime. 


FOR SALE: Seven exquisite Phill Hartsfield knives. Contact 
Dominique Beaucant, 25-92 50th St, Woodside, NY 11377. 

WANTED: SCAGEL, R.H. Ruana, Randall, Loveless, Morseth, 
Remington, and Marbles knives and axes. Any Heiser knife or 
axe sheaths. 229-732-6982, anytime. Gordon White, Box 
181, Cuthbert, GA 39840. 



LEE'S CUTLERY knives for work, sport, pleasure & collecting. 
For a wide variety of knives, check out www.leescutlerycom 

WANTED: ANY condition handmade knives; Randall, 
Scagel, Ruana, F.S. RIchtIg, Morseth, Bone, Cooper, 
Loveless, Moran, Llle, etc. Also military knives and 
pocketknives, watches. Send description and price to: 
Angelo Sollno, 6 Wesley Court N, Huntington, NY 11743. 



LOVELESS KNIVES wanted: Gordon White, PO Box 181, 
Cuthbert, GA 39840. 229-732-6982 anytime. 


MORAN KNIVES wanted by collector. Bob 415-768-4821. 

DISCOUNTS UP to 55% on Case, Columbia River, Chris 
Reeve, Buck, Puma, Lone Wolf, Smith and Wesson, Gerber, 
Boker, Benchmade, Spyderco, Queen Schatt & Morgan, 
Kershaw and many more. Free catalog. Sooner State Knives, 
PO Box 67, Konawa, OK 74849. 580-925-3708 VISA/MC. or visit our web site APRIL 2006 

GREEN RIVER Knives, ivory micarta, buffalo horn, oal<, with 
sheaths. Brochure $1 Yorl( Mountain Enterprises, RD2 Box 
272BDept.B,Pittsfieid, PA 16340. 

LIST OF over 600 automatic antique and modern l<nives. 
Including Case Zippers, Ka-Bar, Grizzly, Presto, Fiyiocl<, Case, 
Remington, Latama, Italian pick locks and many more 
brands. Send $5.00 refundable w/ith first order. Skeiton 
Enterprise, Jerry Skeiton, 3795 Hwy 188, Alamo, TN 38001. 
731-656-2443. Request list "S". 

OCCULT CATALOGS Spells, Charms, books, curio, and morel 
Get revenge! Send $5 to: Thorns Corner, PO Box 8028, 
Levi/iston, ME 04243-8028. 

THROWING KNIFE catalog and instruction sheet sent free for 
SASE to: Tru-Baiance Knife Co., PO Box 140555, Grand 
Rapids, Ml 49514. 

COLLECTOR KVIVES- Queen, Schatt & Morgan, Ka-Bar, 
Remington and Case. Send $2 for our catalog. S & S and 
Sons Cutlers, Po Box 501A Lomita, CA 90717 PH 310-326- 
3869 or 


NEW: COLLECTABLE Knives of Finland by Les Ristinen. 176 
pages, 40 with color text from 1649 to 2005. Antique catalog 
reprints $35 +$5 postage. Check or MO. Suomi Shop, 17533 
Co Hwy 38, Frazee, MN 56544 218-538-6633. 


OIL HAROENING/ zone and clay tempering- all steels. Lee 
Dates, PO Box 1391, LaPorte, TX 77572-1391. For prices 281 -587-6080. 

KNIFE WEBSITE: Own your very own knife webstore, make 
money selling top quality, brand name blades and tactical 
gear. Call Ken 954-815-7587 or email 

12 YEAR established knife business in North Carolina for 
sale. 919-460-0203 or email 
Beck's Cutlery 



DISPLAY CASES: Oak, Walnut, wood, glass, standard or 
custom sizes. 28 page catalog. Send $1 . Woodland Products, 
61292CR7, Elkhart, IN 46517. 



HAND ENGRAVING by Reid Smith. Over 17 years of 
professional experience. Call 704-846-4242 or visit me at 

FOLDER SUPPLIES pivot pins, stainless and gold plated 
screws, titanium sheet. IBS Intl., R.B. Johnson, Box 11, 
Clearwater, MN 55320. 320-558-6128. 

http://www.customknives.comr.b. Johnson/ 

NORDIC KNIFE making supplies. The most extensive catalog 
of Scandinavian knife making supplies on the web. Hand 
forged custom Damascus blades from some of the finest 
bladesmiths in Europe, factory blades, curly birch, sheaths, 
exotic woods, tools, kits, knife making tips and more. Come 
to Brisa knife making supply of Finland for all of your knife 
making needs, 

STEEL TANG Stamps: Mark your knives with your name, logo 
or design. Quality hand-cut hardened steel stamps made to 
your specifications. "If it's worth making, it's worth marking." 
Established 1898. Henry A. Evers, Corp. 72 Oxford St., 
Providence, Rl 02905. 800-553-8377. 

CUST0IV1 LEATHER Knife Sheaths in your design or mine. 
Write or call: Robert Schrap, 7024 W. Wells St., Wauwatosa, 
Wl 53213. 414-771-6472 evenings or 

FINE FOLDERS deserve protection. Ron Lake and Mike 
Walker send their folders with one of these soft goatskin, 
ultrasuede lined slips. Six sizes for pocket or belt. Arne 
Mason, 258 Wimer, Ashland, OR 97520. 541-482-2260, 


KNIFE WEBSITE: Own your very own knife webstore, make 
money selling top quality, brand name blades and tactical 
gear. Call Ken 954-815-7587 or email 


CUST0IV1 SCRIMSHAW by Juanita Rae Conover. Single or full 
color. Wildlife a specialty Exceptional quality. Call for sample 
pictures and turn around information. PD Box 70442, 
Eugene, DR 97401, 541-747-1726 or 

SCRIMSHAW, RELIEF carving, 3D carving, in business since 
1979, 607-467-3961, 
http:// pacavalry/scrimshaw.htm 


ATTENTION CUT-OUT coin jewelry, coin buckles, inserts, bolo 
ties, chains, holders, tie-tacks, key chains, money clips, 
jewelry components. Great money maker. Catalog $1. 
Bernard Myles, 1605 S 7th St, Terre Haute, IN 47802. 812- 

CUTTING EDGE Outdoor Goods- Knives, Multi-Tools, Metal 
Detectors, MOREI Low Prices. $3.95 ShippingI 




Al Mar Knives 104 

American Bladesmitli Society 


American Knife IViaking Supply 


Arizona Custom Knives 106 

Atlanta Cutlery 115 

Axtion Bladez 71 


Banyan Bay Inc 53 

Beckwith's Blades 30 

Beinfeld Productions 25 

Benchmade Knife Co 27 

Best Knives 62 

Blade Art 95 

Blade Sliows 2006 73,98 

Blade-Tecli Ind 35 44 

Blue Ridge Knives 44, 67 

Bob Dozier Knives 91 

Boxer USA 9 

Bonds House of Cutlery 63 

Bowie Corp 68 

Bradley's Blades 62 

Briar Custom Knives 8 

Buck Knives 22 

Buckeye Engraving 85 

Burke, Bill 67 

Busse Combat Knife Co 66 


C.A.S. Iberia 116 

Canadian Knifemakers Guild 


Carlson, Kelly 48 

Center Cross Video 68 

The advertisers' index is 

Chopra Deepak 92 

Chris Reeve Knives 28 

Clem & Co 57 

Collectibles Insurance Agency 


Columbia River 35,109 

Cove Cutlery 69 

Crawford, Pat 85 

Custom Knife Co 48 

Custom Shoppe, LLC 56 

Cutting Edge Cutlery 63 


Davidson, Edmund 71 

Denton, JW 67 

Diamond Machining 
Technology 50 

East Coast Custom Knife 

Shows 47 

Edgecraft Corporation 52 

Elishewitz Custom Knives ....86 


Finer Points 31 

Fowler, Ed 59 

Frost Cutlery 112 


G.L. Pearce Abrasive Co 72 

Gary LevineFine Knives 89 

George Trout 70 106 

Grohman Knives Ltd 40 

Guild, Don 36 


Halpern Titanium 67 

Harrison, Dan 106 

Hawkins Knife Making 
Supplies 65 


Jantz Supply 105 

Jim's Cutlery Company 45 


Kellam Knives Co 24 

Kencrest/Hara 70,107,108 

Kershaw Knives 21,29,43 

Knife & Gun Finishing Supplies 


Knife Center of the Internet. .62 

Knife Mart 81,97 39 86 

Knights Edge Ltd 3 

Knives of Alaska 30,65 

Knives Plus 87 

Koval Knives & Supplies 23 


Lansky Sharpeners 54 


Lightfoot Knives 63 

Lone Star Wholesale 89 

Lone Wolf Knives 61 

Lonewolf, J 70 


Magnum USA 68 

Masecraft Supply 56 

Master Cutlery 36 

Meyerco 15 

Michael Omachearly 69 

Midwest Gun Exchange 41 

Moki Knife Company 99 

Mooney, Mike 69 

Moteng International Inc 16 

Mother of Pearl Company 

50,104 63 


N.I.C.A 20 

National Knife Distributors. ..71 

l\IC Tool Company 72 

New Graham Knives 60 

Nittinger Knives 72 

Nordic Knives 53 


Ohare Knives 70 

Ontario Knife/Queen Cutlery 


OSO Grande Knife & Tool 93 


Paragon Industries 82 

Paragon Sporting Goods 93 

Parkers' Knife Collector 

Service 87 

Peters' Heat Treating Inc 83 

Pietro Rosa Due Buoi Snc. 


Plaza Cutlery 31 

Pro Cut 5,51 


Randall Made Knives 69 

Reba's Enterprises 70 

Red Hill Corporation 97 

Riverside Machine 68 

Root, Gary 70 

Sheffield Knifemakers Sply Inc. 


Shenandoah Valley Knife Coll. 

Simbatec 68 

Simonich Knives, LLC 89 

Skiff Made Blades 69 

Smoky Mountain Knife Works 

Inc 82 

SOG Specialty Knives Inc 34 

Solvang Knife Show 37 

Spyderco 113 

Steel Addiction Custom Knives 


Strider Knives 46 

Swinguard's Custom Knife 

Sale 89 


Taylor Cutlery 112 

Texas Knife Outfitters 93 

Texas Knifemakers Supply ...40 

Thorindog Forge 70 

Toolshop 69 

Tops 69,70,71,72 

Trident Knives 64 

Tru-Grit 86 

Tru-Hone Corporation 67 

True North Knives 8, 17 

Tulsa Gun Show Inc 48 

Twin Blades 48 


United Cutlery 11 

W.R. Case & Sons Cutlery Co. 


Wild Boar Blades 64 

William Henry Knives 5 

Willy B. Customs 71 

Wilson Tactical 22 

provided as a reader service. Occasional last-minute cfianges may result in ads appearing on pages other than those listed here. 
The publisher assumes no liability for omissions or errors. 

APRIL 2006 

BLADE / 75 

what's ne 

Blade Sweeps Up, 
Handle Turns Dovfn 

Cold Steel's Black Sable lockback 
folder dons an upswept San Mai III 
stainless steel blade, a titanium 
frame and black-Micarta® handle scales. 

For more information contact Cold 
Steel, attn: L. Thompson, Dept. BL4, 
3036-A Seaborg Ave., Ventura, CA 93003 

feat's new 

Citrine Inlays Liven 
Up Damascus Piece 

Owen Wood's folder showcases 
a Damasteel damascus blade, a 
white and gold-lip mother-of- 
pearl handle, and 1 1 citrine insets. 

For more information contact Owen 
Wood, Dept. BL4, 6492 Garrison St., 
Arvada, CO 80004 303.466.2748. 

Dovetailed Bolsters 
Highlight Hunter 

Phil Tham outfits an ATS-34 hunter 
with dovetailed 416 stainless steel 
bolsters and a stag handle. 
For more information contact Phil 
Tham, Dept. BL4, POB 1429, Dripping 
Springs, TX 78620 5 12.858.5424. 

Folder Opens Via 
Flick Of Blade Tang 

esigned by Aaron Frederick, 
the extended tang of the CRKT 
B.U.L.L. (Basic Utility Locking 

Liner) can be used to open the 3-inch blade. 
For more information contact CRKT, 

attn: R. Bremer, Dept. BL4, 9720 S.W. 

Hillman Ct., Ste. 805, Wilsonville, OR 

97070 800.891.3100. 

Survival Tool Has 
Many Applications 

Axtion Bladez Conceptz debuts a 
survival/rescue tool that includes 
a knife blade, file, gut hook, hex 
wrench, wood saw, wire cutter and more. 

For more information contact Axtion 
Bladez Conceptz, attn: R. Law, POB 10785, 
Murfreesboro, TN 37129 615.453.0751. 

Crovrn Stag Defines 
A Frontier Bovrie 

aniel Winkler fashions a primitive 
Iknife featuring a 6 1/8-inch twist- 
damascus blade, a crown-stag 
handle and a Karen Shook leather sheath. 

For more information contact Daniel 
Winkler, Dept. BL4, POB 2166, Blowing 
Rock, NC 28605 828.295.9156. 

76 / BLADE 

APRIL 2006 

v%/hat's new 

what s new 

Book Gives Svrord 
Fighting Traditions 

Penned by Masaaki Hatsumi, the 
book, Japanese Sword Fighting: 
Secrets of the Samurai, outlines 
Japan's legacy of swordsmanship and the 
country's martial sword fighting traditions. 
For more information contact Kodan- 
sha Intl., attn: H. Drucker, 575 Lexington 
Ave., New York, NY 10022 917.322.6200. 


^ Secrets of 
^ ^ the Samypai 

': :^ V MflSAflHI HATSflWI 


^ rwf WAy Of WE xiHJi 

■5f«?«Rr^ ^^ 

Steele Forges Two 
''Hammer Havrics'' 

Van Steck's "Hammer Hawks" are 
tomahawks donning heads forged 
from ball-peen hammers and 
maple handles wrapped with leather cord. 

For more information contact Van Steck, 
Dept. BL4, 260 Dogwood Ave., Orange 
City, FL 32763 407.416.1723. 

Turquoise Spacers 
Accent Fixed Blade 

, on Hembrook fashions a semi-skin- 
'ner sporting an ATS-34 blade, a 
ksambar-stag handle, a nickel-silver 

guard and turquoise spacers. 

For more information contact Ron 

Hembrook, Dept. BL4, POB 201, Neosho, 

WI 53059 920.625.3607. 

Bear Congress Has 
Four 440A Blades 


I ear & Sons releases a four-blade 
. congress pocketknife featuring 440 A 
'stainless steel blades, brass liners 

and a red-jigged-bone grip with a shield. 
For more information contact Bear & 

Sons, attn: K. Griffey, Dept. BL4, 1111 

Bear Blvd. SW, Jacksonville, AL 36265 


TvfoCan Novr Comes 
In Colored Handle 

The Kershaw TwoCan is currently 
available with a blue-, black- or red- 
anodized-aluminum handle, comple- 
menting two 420 J2 blades and a carabiner. 
For more information contact Kershaw, 
attn: J. Goddard, Dept. BL4, 18600 S.W.Teton 
Ave., Tualatin, OR 97062 800.325.2891. 

Dagger Anchored 
By Wood & Ivory 

Stan McKiernan's Domino III dagger 
parades a 3 -inch damascus blade, 
nickel-silver fittings, and a wenge- 
wood and alternate-ivory handle. 

For more information contact Stan 
McKiernan, Dept. BL4, 205 E. Park St., 
Vandalia, MO 63382 573.594.6135. 

APRIL 2006 

BLADE / 77 

— ^ i__i, sno^ca. — 

knifemaker shQv^case 

"Knifemaker Showcase" spotlights the photographs of knives sent by any and all custom knifemakers to BLADE® ^or filing in the Knifemakers Archive. The 

Knifemakers Archive is the most complete collection of knifemakers' knives and information in the world. If yoj are a custom knifemaker and have not sent 

us a photo (the better quality the photo, the better chance it has of getting in the magazine), write to: BLADE, c/o Krause Publications, 700 E. State, lola, 

Wl 54990 Please include a close-up mug shot of yourself with your knife picture. 

Joe Kious 

Joe Kious started making knives the same year lie graduated fi^om 
college — 1969. "My passion is for folding knives," he says. "I 
consider ornate folders necessary jewelry for every gentleman's 
pocket and every lady's purse." Kious promised himself that, 
once he achieved a backlog of 100 knife orders, he would go 
into full-time knifemaking, and he's done so since 1980. He 
makes only folders now, prefer- 
ring natural handle materials. The 
interframe folder at left features a 
3 1/4-inch stainless steel blade, an 
ivory handle insert and engraving 
by Christie George. Kious' list 
price: n/a. His address: Dept. BL4, 
1015 Ridge Pointe Rd., Kerrville, 
TX 78028 830.367.2277. (Point 
Seven photo) 

Kevin Hoffman 

"I've been fascinated by knives since 
finding a small Case folder while on 
a family vacation as a child," knife- 
maker Kevin Hoffman relates. "As 
soon as my parents would let me, I 
started to collect knives as souvenirs 
on every vacation we took. My dad 
was a doctor, so the drug compa- 
nies gave him knives and miniature 
swords as promotional items. I still 
have most of them and the memories of my dad that 
go with them." Hoffman's bowie (right) exhibits a 
6-inch 440C blade etched in a tiger-stripe pattern, a 
zebra-wood handle, and a carved- and cast-sterling- 
silver guard and buttcap. His list price: $800. His 
address: Dept. BL4, 28 Hopeland Dr., Savannah, 
GA 31419 912.920.3579 

78 / BLADE 


When W.D. Pease isn't 
busy being a husband and 
father of five children, he 
makes knives on a full- 
time basis. He jokes that, surprisingly, "W.D." doesn't 
stand for "Wonderful Dad," but insists it is synonymous 
with quality, craftsmanship and creativity. "I've been 
drawn almost exclusively to folders due to the challenge in making them and 
because there's demand for folding knives," he says. "Since 1969, I've been creat- 
ing edged art in a tiny Kentucky cubicle." His Model 19 folder (above) sports 
a 3-inch, drop-point blade, a mammoth-ivory handle and bolster engraving by 
Julie Warenski. Pease's list price: n/a. His address: Dept. BL4, 657 Cassidy Pike, 
Ewing, KY 41039 606.845.0387 (Point Seven photo) 

APRIL 2006 


"My interest in knives 
started in 2000, about 
two years after my son, 
Adam Michael, was born," 
explains Michael Kanter. 
"I wanted to give him 
something special every year on 
his birthday so I started to collect 
knives." After attending a couple 
local knife shows, Kanter met 
knifemaker Richard Johnson, who 
invited Michael to his shop. "Being 
a design engineer, I knew I could 
make knives. 1 drew a few knives 
using 3-D modeling software and 
tried my hand at making one. I was 
hooked," says Kanter, who's been 
making knives for about five years, including one every year 
for his son's birthday Kanter uses BG-42, CPM S30V, CPM 
S60V and Jerry Rados damascus blade steels. His "D'Amico 
Skinner" (above) incorporates a mirror-polished BG-42 blade, 
dovetailed Jim Ferguson twist-damascus bolsters, a walrus- 
ivory sub-bolster and a stabilized-Macassar-ebony handle. 
Kanter's list price: $875. His address: Dept. BL4, 14550 W. 
Honey Ln., New Berlin, WI 53151 262.860.1136 www.Adam- ( photo) 

Jim Gardner 

Knowing he wanted to make knives, Jim Gardner attended the 2001 
BLADE Show. "When I walked through the door, I was like a deer in 
headlights. Everyone I had read about for years was standing right in 
front of me," he says. "Meeting Bill Moran was by far the highlight 
of my day. I've admired his work for years and decided to go to the 
forging seminar that he and Jay Hendrickson held [during the show]." 

Gardner's drop-point hunter (below) sports a 

512-layer damascus blade by Brad Vice, an 


handle and a nickel-silver 

guard. Gardner's list price: 

n/a. His address: Dept. BL4, 

241 Cricket Ln., Alpharetta, 

GA 30004 770.475.433S 

(Hoffman photo) 

Todd Kopp didn't give up his dream of knifemaking, even 
after his brother told him the first piece he built looked 
like "something made in prison." "I have always had a 
great interest in knives, even when I was a young boy 
growing up in Wisconsin," Kopp says. "My dad gave me a knife that my grand- 
father made. I never got to meet my grandfather, so that knife was very special to 
me." The "CosUett Dagger" (above) features a 5-inch Devin Thomas Spirograph- 
damascus blade, a three-piece, fluted-mammoth-ivory handle, 14k-gold and blue- 
wire inlays, and a blued-steel guard and fittings. Kopp's list price for a similar 
piece: $1,600. His address: Dept. BL4, POB 3474, Apache Junction, AZ 85217 
480.330.2854. (Hoffman photo) 

APRIL 2006 

The author shows you how 
he gets the hamans on his 
Japanese-style blades 

By Wally Hayes 
ABS master smith 

An example of Wally Hayes's temper 
lines Is epitomized in his clay-hard- 
ened tanto (top). The author (Inset) 
shows a young lady how to wrap a 
Japanese linife handle during his 
seminar at the 2005 BLADE Show. If 
all goes according to plan, he will con- 
duct a seminar at the 25th Anniversary 
BLADE Show June 16-18 at the Cobb 
Galleria Centre in Marietta, Georgia. 
( l<nlfe photo) 

1 emper lines are a big thrill for me. I 
have been worlcing on them for 16 

years. I would like to share with you 

how I do temper lines with 1074-1084 car- 
bon steel in oil. I also like to do temper 
lines in water, but I recommend you start 
with an oil quench and have some fun! 

A temper line can be produced in 
any medium- or high-carbon steel. The 
higher the carbon content, the straighter 
the temper line turns out. I like the per- 
formance of 1074 and 1084 and the cool 
wavy gunome, a variety of temper line 
characterized by a zigzag pattern, which 

I can obtain with them. 

Getting Started 

To begin, grind or forge a blade to shape, 
leaving the cutting edge about the thickness 
of a dime. Then take a piece of 220-grit 
sandpaper and round off the edges a bit. 

The clay I use is firebrick mortar 
from Home Depot®. It is rated at 3,000° 
F. It is sold in different-size containers 
and comes in grey or black. 

To put the clay on the blade I use a 
stick — a Popsicle'''" stick will do — or a piece 
of Kydex®. First, I apply a 1/8-inch coating 

APRIL 2006 

to both sides of the ridgeline. This covers the 
top third of the blade. Scrape the clay off the 
very top of the blade, or the mune. 

Next, lay little strips of clay on the 
blade about 3/8 inch apart. They can be 
straight down, slanted forward or back- 
ward, or you can form upside-down "U's." 
Do not take the strips of clay all the way 
down to the edge or you will get soft spots 

on the cutting edge. I try to lay the strips 
of clay on the blade the same on both sides. 
This produces an even, symmetrical tem- 
per line that is pleasing to the eye. It also 
results in less warping of the blade. 

Let the clay harden for about six hours. 
You can harden the blade with the clay wet 
but it is easier to handle the blade in the 
forge with dry clay. It does not expand and 


Tont Open 


J- i J ^ ^J^8" Open 
Double Action ^^ ^fc 
Deploy and Retract 


Duty $185 










Solid Service For Our 
J Satisfied Customers" 

UPS Shipping $9 4'$2 Ea Add'l Knife 

Credit Cards/ M,0. to: 

Knife Mart, 596 W. 300 S. 

Heyburn, ID 83336 

m"=^L 800 331 3213 Thousands 

narKei www.knifemartcom in Stock 

For Knive s KNIFE ' 


APRIL 2006 

BLADE / 81 

Paragon heat treating 
furnaces for knife makers 

"1 couldn't achieve the control I now 
enjoy had I not had a Paragon furnace," 
says Ed Fowler. "Owning a Paragon is 
extremely beneficial to blade smithing;" 

The KM-24D shown above features 
the new Sentry digital controller and a 
larger, '/i" wide thermocouple. Ask 
about our optional gas injection flow 

Interiors of our knife maker fur- 
naces: 14 Vi' long KM-14D, 24" long 
KM-24D, and 36" long KM-36D. (All 
three models are 5 Vi' wide x 4 '/t" high 
^ inside.) Free brochure available. 
PoAa^OtL Industries, Inc. 

9 20 11 South Town East Blvd., 

A Mesquite, Texas 75149-1122 

^ 800-876-4328/972-288-7557 

Toll Free Fax 888-222-6450 


Smokey Mountain Network on Dish Network 
C/i. 221 /Aonday & Friday Hishts at Spml 

Visi tSMKWat eKnife Works, com w j wr w « i f i 
for information on. . . a 14 1\ 11^ l2i 

^^ ^^ FOR A 


For Q FREE Catalog or 
to Place Your Order Visit... 

Visit Our Retail Showroom in Sevierviiie , Tennessee! 

pop off if it is almost dry. I have found if 
you let it dry too long, it will flake off the 
blade before it has a chance to do its job. 
The firebrick mortar from Home Depot 
seems to stay on the blade the best and 
comes off easy after the quench. 


To harden the blade, I put it in my propane 
forge and bring it up to critical temperature 
slowly. Pre-heat the tang or handle area 
first. If you put the point in first, the tip 
will come up to temperature too fast while 
the ricasso-tang area will be too cold. 

After the tang/handle area is a dull red, 
turn the entire piece around and put the 
point in the forge. I put it in edge up. Watch 
the color changes. You want the blade to 
reach critical temperature, which is when 
the steel changes to a non-magnetic state, 
that is, the magnet will not stick to the 
edge. Use a long magnet to test the blade. I 
use a car magnet on a steel pipe. 

When the blade reaches critical tem- 
perature, remove it from the forge and 
quench it in vegetable oil. Quench it point 
first, straight down in the oil. Do not move 
it around. After four seconds you will feel 
the clay popping off some of the blade. 
That is OK; the clay has done its job. Hold 
the blade in the oil for about one minute. 
Then take it out and, using gloves, wipe it 
off with a paper towel. If any clay is still on 
the blade, scrape it off with a wooden stick. 
You do not want to put deep scratches in 

82 / BLADE 

APRIL 2006 

Quench the blade point 
first, straight down in the 
oil. Do not move It around. 
After four seconds you will 
feel the clay popping off 
some of the blade. That is 
OK; the clay has done its 
job. (Hayes photo) 

the soft steel with something liarder, so the 
wooden stick should do. 

Immediately put the blade in the oven 
to temper it. I temper it at 300"-350°F for 
one hour depending on how hard I want to 
leave the edge. 

Grinding & Polishing 

After tempering the blade, grind and polish 
it. To bring out the temper line, use a light 
etch of four parts distilled water and one 
part ferric chloride from Radio Shack®. 
Neutralize the etch with Windex®, dry the 
blade, then spray it with WD-40®. 

The etch leaves an oxide on the blade that 
I polish off with Flitz or Simichrome. Now 
you should see a light grey temper line. 

This is just an overview of the steps I 
do. There are many variations you can try 
and I am always experimenting. You never 
stop learning about temper lines. I have 
two videos produced by Paladin Press that 
show you the steps for heat treating made 
simple. For more information contact Pala- 

The blade has reached 
critical temperature and is 
ready to quench in the veg- 
etable oil. (Hayes photo) 


After quenching, the blade is 
ready for tempering. The au- 
thor tempers It at 300^-350^F 
for one hour depending on 
how hard he wants to leave 
the edge. (Hayes photo) 

din Press, Dept. BL4, 7077 Winchester Cir., 
Boulder, CO 80301-3505 800.392.2400 


Thanks for letting me share with you 
something that I love to do, and best of 
luck. Please be careful and maintain a 
high level of caution and safety through- 
out the process. 

The author conducted a seminar on how to 
wrap a Japanese knife handle at the 2005 
BLADE Show and, if all goes according to 
plan, will conduct a seminar at the 25th 
Anniversary BLADE Show June 16-18 at the 
Cobb Galleria Centre in Marietta, Georgia. 
For more information on temper lines and 
his knives in general, contact Wally Hayes, 
Dept. BL4, 1026 Old Montreal Rd., Orleans, 
Ontario, Canada K4A 3N2 613.824.9520 








Vacuum Heat Treating 
and Cold Treatments 

for Tool Steels, 

Stainless Steels and 

Specialty Steels: 




215 Race Street 
Meadville, PA 16335 

FAX: 814.333.2533 



WORRY FREE Heat Treating 

APRIL 2006 

BLADE / 83 

spec sheei 

By MSC Kim Breed 
5th Special Forces (retired) 

Lightning Strilces Sharp 

Browning's Black Lightning cuts well, often 
and with control 


I rowning is a name that most outdoor 
.enthusiasts associate with a highly 
'respected assortment of rifles and 
shotguns. The company also offers a nice 
line of knives, something an increasing 
number of gun manufacturers seems to be 
doing these days. They have learned that 
most gun users like knives, and they can 
keep their clients happy by making it so 
they can own matching brands of guns and 

The Morgan, Utah-based company 

offers both fixed blades and folders. Its 
Black Lightning is an assisted-opening 
folder that is covered by an outstanding 
warranty (contact Browning for more infor- 
mation on the latter). 

First Look 

When I first inspect a knife, some of the 
things I look for are overall feel, how 
slick the action is, whether the knife 
has 100 percent lockup, and sharp 
ness. The Black Lightning has a 

good overall feel 

with no apparent ,; 

sharp places 

on the handle 

that can dig 

into your 

hand or 



To slice an old credit card, the author pulled the blade 
toward his thumb, like peeling a potato. He stated that 
the Black Lightning is very controllable. 

84 / BLADE 


ing folder 
sports a 3 1/4-inch 
blade of bead-blasted 420 
stainless, and an alumi- 
num handle with a bone 
insert. MSRP: $89. 

cause hot 
/ ambidex- 
trous thumb 
disc takes 
some getting 
used to because 
of its low profile. 
Left-handers will 
have more of a chal- 
lenge operating the 
knife because of the 
pocket clip placement, 
though it is nothing that 
cannot be overcome with 
practice. The action is slick 
and the knife snaps open 
and closed with 100 percent 
lockup. The blade edge grabbed 
my fingertips, showing that it was 
razor sharp from the factory. 

Scalpel Like 

I was lucky enough to harvest a six-point 
buck during deer season. I always save the 
antlers for the handles of my handmade 
knives, and it is best to clean the antlers up 
before they dry out over the winter. 

APRIL 2006 

If you like to whittle, the Black Lightning 
should suit you just fine. The author 
indicated that it is very easy to control 
the depth of cuts with, and he was able 
to push the depth all the way to the end 
of the 1-inch pine board. He got half -inch 
bites, then shaved paper-thin curly-cues. 

The tip of the Black Lightning blade 
worked fine for cutting the skin and hair 
from around the antler bases down to the 
bone. With scalpel-Iike precision I removed 
the unwanted skin from the bases without 
breaking the tip or cutting my fingers. The 
tip stayed sharp even after scraping across 
bone. The Black Lightning was very easy 
to control during the fine tip work. 

After cutting some old Christmas gift 
boxes into squares, I used the Black Light- 
ning to trim them into shape. The 420 
stainless steel blade cut 22 of the squares 
without showing signs of dulling. It made 
clean slices and pulled the cardboard only 
when I twisted the blade off of centerline. 

While still in a slicing mode, I used 
the knife to cut up an old credit card. I 
pulled the blade toward my thumb, like 
peeling a potato. The Black Lightning is 
very controllable. 

38 Push Cuts 

A gift I bought myself this past Christmas 


Model Name Black Lightning 

Pattern Assisted-opening folder 

Company Browning 

Blade Steel 420 stainless 

Rockwell Hardness 57-59 Re 

Blade Length 3 1/4" 

Finish Bead blasted 

Handle Aluminum w/red or amber bone 

insert (maple burl wood is also available) 

and a lanyard hole 

Lock Locking liner 

MSRP $89 

Quality hand stamps by 

Buckeye Engraving Inc. 

stamps made to your signature, logo and artwork 



Collector Quality Folders 

The Big Bite Kasper 

Special Mammoth Tooth handle, Damascus blade 

and bolsters, file work, anodizing, and jewelling. 

Each knife is handmade one at a time using the very best of 

materials to give each customer a unique high quality masterpiece. 

Credit cards accepted. 

Crawford Knives 
205 N. Center Drive • West Memphis, AR 72301 

(870) 732-2452 • 

What would happen if... 

Thousands of fine people lost their lifetime hob- 
bies in the 2004 hurricane season. Collectibles 
ranging from antique weapons of many types, to 
19th century political ephemera, model railroads 
and glass figurines were sadly destroyed. Did in- 
surance help many of these victims? In too many cases, the answer was, "NO." 

I've been a collector all of my life — even before I became the owner of a firm that specializes 
in providing insurance for thousands of collectibles. I know what it's like to lose the treasures of 
a lifetime hobby. Here's a lesson I learned that I'd like to pass along to you: Homeowners 
insurance is rarely, if ever, adequate for collectibles — especially books. Take a minute now and 

call, write or e-mail us for brochures that can help your peace of mind. 

\L)cm vOcdlcer 

We INSURE Edged Weapons at Attractive Rates. 

• Sample collector rates: $3,000 for $15, $10,000 
for $49, $25,000 for $ 123, and with a safe or alarm, $50,000 
for $228, $75,000 for $289, $100,000 for $438, $2.00 
per $1,000 above $100,000. 

• Our insurance carrier is AM Best's rated A+ (Su- 

• We insure scores of major collectibles from used 
and edged weapons to historic firearms. "One-stop" 
service for practically everything you collect. 

• Replacement value. We use expert help valuing col- 
lectible losses. Consumer friendly service: Our office 
handles your loss — you won't deal with a big insurer 
who doesn't know collectibles. 

• Detailed inventory and/or professional appraisal 
not required. Collectors list items over $5,000, dealers 
no listing required. 

• See our website (or call, fax, e-mail us) for full infor- 
mation, including standard exclusions. 


We BVOW Collectibles! 

\ ||AM Collectibles 
L_BCM Insurance Agency 

P.O. Box 1200-BLD • Westminster MD 21158 
E-Mail : info @ insurecollectibles .com 

WWW. collectinsure . com 

^' ^^ 

Get A Rate Quote! 
Call Toll Free: 


APRIL 2006 

BLADE / 85 

The fusion of 

need + desife. 


Custom Knives 



_P.O. Box 3059, Canyuii i-ai\e, 'a 

Your Complete Site for Shows, 
Knives & Maiters! Join Us! 


The leading edge in higli performance abrasives and l<nifemai<ing supplies. 

We offer the highest quality products, because we work with the highest 

caliber knifemakers. Home of the Hoggers & Gators ! 


3M, Noilon , Hermes, 
Klingspor, Standard 

Belts, Disc's, Sheets, Shop 
Rolls, Sponges, Flap wheels. 

Cartridge rolls, Scotchbrite. 

Custom size belts usually 

ship within 3 days. 

Ask about our special 
Quantity pricing ! 


Burr King, Hardcore, 

Bader, Wilton, 
Kalamazoo & Multitool 


1/2 HP 110V 0-2500 



ATS34, 440C, 416, 
BG42, S30V,5160,1075 







760 E. Francis St. Unit N, Ontario, CA 91761 

(909)923-4116 * Fax (909) 923-9932 * Out of state-(800) 532-3336 

Visa - MasterCard - American Express - Discover 

Email us at - - Call or go online for a Catalog 



^pec sheef 

was a new role of 3/8-inch sisal rope for 
cutting tests. The Black Lightning produced 
38 clean push cuts before starting to slow 
down. I stropped the edge and got another 
21 cuts. Not bad at all! The one thing that I 
noticed, or rather felt, is that the pocket clip 
has a sharp edge inside the skeletal cutout. 
Some 400-grit sandpaper removed the burr 
and I was able to finish cutting with no 
more hot spots. 

If you like to whittle, the Black Light- 
ning will suit you just fine. It is very easy 
to control the depth of cuts with, and I was 
able to push the depth all the way to the end 
of a 1-inch pine board. 1 got half-inch bites, 
then shaved paper-thin curly-cues for final 
cuts. The knife just feels good during use. 

I took the Black Lightning and drove it 
into a 2x6 and twisted the blade out. I do 
such a test for two reasons: First, to see if 
the blade tip will withstand the twisting 
without breaking, and second, to put a lot 
of stress on the lockbar. The Black Light- 
ning passed both tests without a hitch. I 
repeatedly stabbed and twisted the knife 
with no problems. 


The ambidextrous thumb disc needs to 
be extended somewhat so it can be better 

The 420 stainless steel blade cut 22 card- 
board squares without showing signs of 
dulling. It made clean slices and pulled 
the cardboard only when the author 
twisted the blade off of centerline. 

86 / BLADE 

APRIL 2006 

The Black Lightning produced 38 
clean push cuts on the 3/8-inch 
sisal rope before starting to slow 
down. The author stropped the 
edge and made another 21 cuts. 

accessed by lefties. The pivot bolt 
worlied loose during the test and 
I had to tighten it. The factory 
should Loctite® the bolt down or 
provide the tool and instructions 
on how to set it. I also would like 
to see a choice in blade steels to 
increase the performance levels as 


The Black Lightning is very well made. 
Give this Browning assisted-opening folder 
a try and see what you think. 

For more information contact Browning, 
attn: D. Carver, One Browning Place, 
Morgan, UT 84050-9326 801.876.2711 
www. browning, com. 

The author stated that the folder's action 
is smooth and the l<nife snaps open and 
closed with 100 percent lockup. The ambi- 
dextrous thumb disc takes some getting 
used to because of its low profile. Left- 
handers will have more of a challenge 
operating the knife because of the pocket 
clip placement, though it is nothing that 
cannot be overcome with practice. 


Retail cutlery and cutlery accessories since 1987 





Retail cutlery and cutlery accessories since 1987 
2467 I 40 West, Amarillo,TX 79109 

««" Arf'- 

We publish between 1 and 1 2 list per year with good old knives. Knife brands seen common in our 

list are Case, Remington, Bulldog Brand, Fightn' Rooster, Parker, Simmons, Shapleigh, antique german 

knives, antique english knives, antique american knives, straight razors. Smith & Wesson, 

Weidmannsheil, Buck, Puma and so much morell 

Each list is at least 32 pages packed with good new and old knives. 

Our mailing list is $30.00 for a one year subscription. 

We will refund your $30.00 when you purchase $300.00. 

As long as you make at least a $ 1 00.00 purchase every 6 months, 

you will continue to receive our list. 

These list are VERY important to all collectors. They will provide you with a good market value on 

knife collectibles as well as the opportunity to purchase 

some really rare and hard to find cutlery pieces. 

We are also a Case distributor and carry the complete line of WR Case and Sons products. 
Send us a copy of your business license or letterhead for authorized dealer pricing. 

Our Bulldog Brand knives are hand made in Solingen, West Germany by master cutlers. 
Blades are individually hammer forged as well. 

(423) 894-5 1 02 

For Subscription or 

Free catalog Sample!! 

APRIL 2006 

BLADE / 87 

S show calendarSII^SilCISlB 

Note: Shows marked with an asterisk (*) have knives as the main focus. Events marked with two asterisks 
(**) are knifemaking seminars or symposiums, knife-throwing competitions, auctions, or other similar events. 
blade's® "Show Calendar" also can be seen on BLADE'S website at 


Feb. 4-5 Little Rock, AR 1 1 ™ Annual Arkansas 
Custom Knife Show, Robinson Center Exliibit 
Hall. Contact David Etchieson 501.472.8446* 

Feb. 9-12 Las Vegas, NV Shooting, Hunt- 
ing, Outdoor Trade (SHOT) Show, Las Vegas 
Convention Center. Open to the retail trade only. 
Call 800.388.8104 e-mail SHOT@ttgonline. 

Feb. 10-12 Las Vegas, NV Las Vegas Custom 
Knifemaker Show, Mandalay Bay. Contact 
Wallace Beinfeld, Dept. BL4, POB 2197, 
Cathedral City, CA 92234 760.202.4489 fax 

Feb. 18-19 Napa Valley, CA The Collec- 
tors' Show, Silverado Resort & Coun- 
try Club. Contact John Green 530.637.5387, www.coUectors-* 

Feb. 24-26 New York, NY 17"^ Annual East 
Coast Custom Knife Show, Crowne Plaza 
Hotel. Contact Steve D'Lack, Dept. BL4, POB 
313, Turners, MO 65765 417.866.6688 fax 
417.866.6693, www.ecck-* 

Feb. 24-26 Dayton, OH NKCA Dayton, Ohio, 
Show, Hara Arena. Contact the NKCA office at 

Feb. 24-26 Pasadena, CA Southern California 
Blades Knife Expo 2006, Pasadena Conference 
Center. Call 818.368.7110 for more informa- 

Feb. 25 Ozark, MO 9* Annual Spring Cabin 
Fever Knife Show, 4-H Building, City Park. 
Call Don Long 417.485.6759 or Randy Long 


Feb. 25 Wyoming, MI 2"*^ Annual West Michi- 
gan Edge Show, K of C Hall. Contact West 
Michigan Promotions Ltd., 278 W. Cleve- 
land St., Dept. BL4, Coopersville, MI 49404 

Feb. 25-26 Tacoma, WA Northwest Knife 
Collectors' Show, Freight House Square. Call 
Tony Berg 253.473.6967 or Don Hanham 

Feb. 25-26 Lewisburg, PA 18'^ Annual 
Keystone Blade Association Show, Coun- 
try Cupboard Inn. Contact Marilyn Kepner 
570.584.4835 or Skip Fryling 570.387.4955.* 


March 10-12 Dalton, GA NKCA Northwest 
Georgia Knife Show, Northwest Georgia Trade 
& Convention Center. Contact the NKCA 

March 18-19 Mississauga, Ontario, Canada 

12'" Annual Canadian Knifemakers Guild 
Show, Days Iim Toronto Airport. Call Eric Elson 

March 18-19 Scottsdale, AZ 4* Scottsdale 
Knife Collectors Show, Parada Expo Center. 
Contact Elhott Glasser, Dept. BL4, 7303 East 
Earl Dr., Scottsdale, AZ 85251 480.945.0700 
fax 480.945.3333* 

March 24-26 Janesville, WI 2'i'"^ Annual 
Badger Knife Show, Holiday Inn Express Janes- 
ville Conference Center. Contact Bob Schrap, 
Dept. BL4, POB 511, Elm Grove, WI 53122* 

March 31-April 2 Harrisonburg, VA 15* 

Aimual Greater Shenandoah Valley Knife Show, 
Rockingham County Fairgrounds. Call Joey 
Foltz 540.833.6500* 

March 31-April 2 Wilmington, OH NKCA 
Ohio Spring Knife Show, Roberts Centre. Call 
the NKCA office 423.875.6009.* 


April 1-2 Tulsa, OK Wanenmacher's Tulsa 
Arms Show, featuring The Knifemakers' Guild. 
Contact Tulsa Gun Show, POB 33201, Tulsa, 
OK 74153-1201 918.492.0401 fax 918.492.0458, www.tulsaarmsshow. 

April 7-9 Bessemer, AL Jim Batson/Alabama 
Forge Council Bladesmithing Symposium and 
Knife Show, Tannehill State Park. Contact Jim 
Batson, Dept. BL4, 176 Brentwood, Madison, 
AL 35758 540.937.2318 jbbatson@knology. 

April 8-9 Eugene, OR 31st Annual Oregon 
Knife Show, Lane County Convention Center. 
Contact the OKCA, POB 2091, Dept. BL4, 
Eugene, OR 97402 541.484.5564 www.* 

April 8-9 Bethalto, XL Bunker Hill Knife 
Show, Knights of Columbus Hall. Contact Mike 
Pellegrin 618.667.6777* 

April 21-23 Shepherdsville, KY NKCA 
Shepherdsville Spring Show, Paroquet Springs 
Conference Centre. Contact the NKCA 423.875- 

April 22-23 Coquitlam, B.C., Canada The 

Vancouver Knife Show, Coquitlam Sports 
Complex. Contact Bob Patrick 604.538.6214* 

April 28-30 Novi, MI Wolverine Knife Collec- 
tors Club Show, a joint show with Michigan 
Antique Arms Club, New Rock Financial Show- 
place. Contact Pat Donovan 586.786.5549 or 
Frank Meek 586.264.203 1 (evenings). 

April 28-30 Solvang, CA 22"'* Annual 
Solvang Custom Knife Show, Royal Scandina- 
vian Imi. Call Nordic Knives 805.688.3612 fax 


May 6-7 Washington, AR ABS Spring Hammer- 
In, Bill Moran School of Bladesmithing. Call 
Scotty Hayes, school director, 903.838.4541 ext. 

May 13-14 Mystic, CT NCCA Annual Show, 
Hilton Mystic. Contact Caroline Levine 

May 19-21 Springfield, MO NKCA Spring- 
field Knife Show, in conjunction with RK Gun 
Show, Ozark Empire Fairgrounds. Contact the 
NKCA 423.875.6009. 


June 3-4 Dover, OH 18 Annual Western 
Reserve Cutlery Association Invitational Knife 
Expo, Tuscarawas County Fairgrounds. Contact 
D. Musgrave, Dept. BL4, POB 355, Dover, OH 
44622 330.745.4242,* 

June 8-10 Pigeon Forge, TN Parkers' Greatest 
Knife Show on Earth #30, Grand Hotel Conven- 
tion Center. Contact PKCS, attn: B. Parker, 
Dept. BL4, 6715 Heritage Business Ct., Chat- 
tanooga, TN 37422 423.892.0448.* 

To ensure timely publication of your knife 
show in the "Show Calendar," BLADE® 
requests that you send all pertinent infor- 
mation concerning your show in written 
form — dates, locations, etc. — at least three 
months before the show takes place to 
F&W Publications, attn: J. Kertzman, 700 
E. State St., lola, WI 54945 (715) 445- 
2214 fax (715) 445-4087. BLADE depends 
on the shows themselves for prompt and 
accurate information. 

88 / BLADE 

APRIL 2006 


On Most Newsstands 
by March 14 

Makers Who Excel 

At Both Folders & 

Straight Knives 

Hov>^ To Make The 

Rietveld Bolster 


Top 1 Using 
Handle Materials 

The Choil: What, 
Where and Why? 

Black & Silver 

Profile in Steel: 
Jason Knight 

The Tunstall Bov>^ie 
Part II 

Collector Profile: 
Larry Abramson 

APRIL 2006 

* Specializing in 

Tlie rising stars 
Fair prices 

* Tlie best mal(ers 

Dealer of Handmade Knives 

Phone: (203) 438-5294 
PO Box 416 • Ridgefield, CT 06877 

Gary Levine Fine Knives 



DEALERS ONLY 806-356-9540 

Resale Certificate or FFL Required 
Lone Star Wholesale, PO BOX 587, 
Amarillo, TX 79105 FAX 806-359-1603. 
All FAX Correspondence, please include 
Tax info, and phone number. 

WWW. Swin guard. Com 

The Best Selection of Authentic Handcrafted 

Itahan Switchblades & Stilettos. 

American & German Automatics too! 

The Raven Combat 

7" Blade 12 5/8" overall 530-V Re 59-60 
G-10 Gunner Grip™ Handles 
Blackhawk Sheath 

$329.00 \ 

Combat Tested in Afghanistan 


monich Knives LLC 
Box 278 
Clancy, MT 59634 
(406) 933-9151 

BLADE / 89 

e law 


"^ If a law enforcement officer insists on searching you, in 

^ no way resist being searched. Just mal<e it verbally clear 

■^ that you are not consenting to the search. In addition, do 

^ not sign any consent form or, for that matter, any docu- 

5i ment without the advice of your attorney. 









'^ v:$i 



r-* A 


^nse experience 
Weapon oivners 

^ years 


APRIL 2006 


Dos and Don'ts 

'Always remain silent after being arrested 

for any reason; 
•Simply requesting an attorney causes a 

wall of constitutional protections to spring 

up around you. The wall prevents further 

interrogation by the authorities; 
•Do not consent to a search without a 

■ ThWkey is not to give a iaw enforcement officer any 
excuses for a vetiicle searcti (for example, items 
ieft in plain view, expired motor vehicle licenses, 
odd behaviors, etc.). If you obey the law and act in 
a practical and intelligent manner, you should be 
able to avoid vehicle/person searches. 

"A trial is still an ordeal by battle. For the 
broadsword there is the weight of evidence; 
for the battle-ax, the force of logic; for the 
sharp spear, the blazing gleam of truth; for 
the rapier, the quick and flashing knife of wit!' 

— Lloyd Paul Stryker 

You have no need to read this article be- 
cause being arrested for carrying an 
illegal knife" is something that could 
never happen to you, right? This article 
must have been written for knife-wielding 
thugs or street-gang members, right? Why 
would law enforcement authorities ever 
come after you, right? 


Merely because you possess or carry a 
knife, anti-knife-law enforcers may try to 
justify their existence by turning you into 
an accused "law-abiding" criminal. Even 
though you are a careful, honest knife own- 
er with no intent to do anything wrong and 
would never knowingly break the law, it 
could easily happen to you. I have plenty of 
criminal-case files chockfull of examples of 
innocent, unsuspecting, law-abiding folks 
having to fight their way though the justice 
system to prove their "innocence." 

Perhaps you know how to defend your- 
self with a knife against an unprovoked 
assault. However, do you know what to do 
to protect yourself from false arrest and a 
malicious prosecution? Do you know how 
to keep your knife, stay out of jail and not 
become a convicted felon? Do you know 
your constitutional rights and how to in- 
voke their shield of protection? 

What I am about to tell you may save 
your freedom, your reputation, your property 
and attorney's fees. 1 am going to reveal se- 
crets from over 18 years of criminal defense 
experience defending honest gun, knife and 
weapon owners. You can learn from my cli- 
ents' mistakes. I will show you what worked 
and the steps people must follow to stay out 
of the legal system, steps that will at least 
mitigate the damages and give you the best 
chance for legal survival in the face of an ag- 
gressive, anti-knife prosecution. 


The fundamental criminal due process 
protections that are of the most use and 
vital importance to knife owners may be 
summed up as three simple constitutional 
concepts for providing the best chance 
at not becoming a victim of an anti-knife 
prosecution. The three primary rights can 
be remembered by the acronym S.A.C. 

A Strategic Air Command (S.A.C.) base 
provides defense to the United States. The 
S.A.C. constitutional protections provide a 
basic legal defense foundation for the hon- 
est knife owner: 

1) S — Remain 5'ilent; 

2) A — Ask for your y4ttorney; and; 

•Do not sign any documents or statements 
without an attorney's advice; 

•If a law enforcement officer insists on 
searching you, in no way resist being 
searched. Just make it verbally clear that 
you are not consenting to the search; 

•Obey the law and act in a practical and in- 
telligent manner, and you should be able to 
avoid vehicle/person searches; and; 

•Always remain polite when asserting your 
rights, but the key is to assert them. Do not 
be embarrassed or intimidated into surren- 
dering your rights. 

3) C — Do not Consent to waiving any 
rights without your attorney's approval. 

Remain Silent 

The Fifth Amendment protection against 
self-incrimination, also known as the "Right 
to Remain Silent," is one of the most impor- 
tant constitutional protections Americans 
have, and is a protection that many other 


For the knifemaker 

who wants the best. 

A srinder to build 

your shop around. 

Call for prices, quotes 

and accessories. 

Toll Free: 




P.O. Box 1 941 
Sprinsdale, AR 72765 

APRIL 2006 

BLADE / 91 









Masters Of Defense 

Merc Won 


Mission Knife 
and Tool 

Ontario Knives 


Peak LED Solutions 

Phantom Knives 

Photon Micro Lights 

Piranha Knives 

Protech Knives 

Rob Dalton 

Round Eye Knife 
And Tool 

Ryan Wilson 
Tactical Knives 


Sheffield Knives 

Simonich L&iives 

Smith And 
Wesson Knives 


Super Knife 


Ti Knives 


Tool Logic 

TOPS Knives 


Wenger Swiss Army 

Woodard Ldtives 


The All Black 
Baby BOA 

Sold Exclusively 

Deepak Chopra 

Phone: 925-4540595 • Fax: 925-454-0289 


12pm - 8pm pst 



countries do not grant to their citizens. And 
yet, naive people in tlie United States rou- 
tinely ignore Fifth Amendment protections 
and bury themselves with "explanations." 

When it comes to a criminal violation, 
most law-abiding citizens are ignorant 
about the details of the law and its many 
loopholes and defenses. By opening their 
mouths, they remove all doubt about their 
ignorance and usually give the State some- 
thing not just to use against them, but also 
to twist against them. 

By remaining silent, you avoid inadver- 
tently incriminating yourself, wiping out 
potential legal defenses, and assisting the 
State in what is often an unjustified case. 
Always remain silent after being arrested for 
any reason. Remaining silent is the purest 
form of self-protection. Remember the old 
saying, "The fish that opens its mouth is the 
one that gets caught!" 

Ask For Your Attorney 

The Sixth Amendment guarantees your 
right to an attorney. By asking for your at- 
torney and remaining silent, you provide 
yourself with a fundamental foundation for 
a strong legal defense. Defense attorneys 
smile when they learn their clients stood 
firm on their rights. 

Requesting an attorney does much more 
than merely providing you with legal coun- 
sel. Simply requesting an attorney causes a 
wall of constitutional protections to spring 
up around you. The wall prevents further 
interrogation by the authorities. After you 
request an attorney, statements obtained 
from further interrogation made without 
your attorney present cannot be used by 
the State as evidence. This holds true un- 
less you foolishly waive your right to an at- 
torney (see "Do Not Consent" below). The 
Sixth Amendment protections often apply 
even if information is obtained by "dirty 
tricks" without your attorney being present. 

Do Not Consent 

A right surrendered is a right lost. Thou- 
sands of brave men and women fought and 
died — and continue to fight and die — in war 

for your rights! Why would you voluntarily 
waive those rights? Giving up freedoms is 
an insult to the sacrifice made by our sol- 
diers. Do not consent to a search without 
a warrant. Do not sign any documents or 
statements without an attorney's advice. 
All U.S. citizens have a Fourth Amendment 
right to a warrant being issued before their 
persons or premises are searched. 

There are exceptions to the necessity for 
a warrant and there is a large body of law 
that exists as to when law enforcement offi- 
cers have justification or probable cause for 
a warrantless search. However, whether an 
exception for the warrantless search exists 
or not, you should never consent to a war- 
rantless search. 

The key here is consent. If a law en- 
forcement officer insists on searching you, 
in no way resist being searched. Just make it 
verbally clear that you are not consenting to 
the search. In addition, do not sign any con- 
sent form or, for that matter, any document 
without the advice of your attorney. 

If a search is done without adequate 
probable cause, then the court will suppress 
the evidence obtained from the search after 
a hearing handled by your attorney, and the 
State will not be able to use the evidence. 

When you consent to a search, anything 
found may be used as evidence — evidence 
against you — whether there was probable 
cause or not! Though honest knife owners 
may think that they have nothing to hide, 
they may possess contraband which they 
otherwise believe to be legal, or that oth- 
ers may have left or planted in their cars, in 
their houses, or even in their clothing. 

Your not giving consent is not probable 
cause for a search. Some people think that 
if they do not consent to a search, the officer 
will suspect them. People are afraid of the in- 
appropriate question, "What do you have to 
hide?" The actual legal question, which must 
be answered by the State at court, is, "Why 
did this law enforcement officer feel it was 
necessary to invade your privacy and con- 
duct a search?" The question properly shifts 
the burden of proof to the police, as was the 
Founding Fathers' intention. Remember, the 

Know Your Amendments 

•All U.S. citizens have a Fourth Amendment right to a warrant being issued before their 
persons or premises are searched. Remember, the Fourth Amendment is there to protect 
your privacy from government intrusion; 

•The Fifth Amendment protection against self-incrimination, also known as the "Right to 
Remain Silent," is one of the most important constitutional protections Americans have. 
And yet, naive people in the United States routinely ignore Fifth Amendment protections 
and bury themselves with "explanations"; and; 

•The Sixth Amendment guarantees your right to an attorney. By asking for your attorney 
and remaining silent, you provide yourself with a fundamental foundation for a strong le- 
gal defense. The Sixth Amendment protections often apply even if information is obtained 
by "dirty tricks" without your attorney being present. 

92 / BLADE 

APRIL 2006 

Fourth Amendment is there to protect your 
privacy from government intrusion. 

Vehicle/Person Searches 

Law-abiding citizens frequently asli me 
what they should do when, while trans- 
porting knives or guns by vehicle, they are 
pulled over by a law enforcement officer. 
There are two basic steps. 

First, make sure that you transport all 
items lawfully. Second, be polite. It would 
be hoped that the reason for your pullover is 
simply a traffic matter and it will be handled 
as such without it blowing up into a full- 
fledged car/person search. The key indicator 
as to whether the stop is going further than 
a potential traffic summons will be revealed 
by the officer's questions and actions. 

If asked whether or not there are any 
weapons in the car, immediately be aware 
that you are in danger of becoming a vic- 
tim of an anti-knife arrest. You may handle 
the question in many ways. My personal re- 
sponse is to ask the officer why he is asking 
me the question. The answer to the question 
goes directly to the issue of probable cause. 
Why are you being asked whether you have 
weapons in the car? Is it simply a fishing ex- 
pedition on behalf of the officer or is it be- 
cause spent shell casings are in plain view 
on the front seat? If it is a fishing expedition, 
then the question is unjustified. If there are 
spent shell casings on the seat, then regard- 
less of your answer you are looking at hav- 
ing your vehicle and person searched. 

The key is not to give any excuses for a 
vehicle search (items left in plain view, ex- 
pired motor vehicle licenses, odd behaviors, 
etc.). If you obey the law and act in a prac- 
tical and intelligent manner, you should be 
able to avoid vehicle/person searches. 

The Bottom Line 

You have heard the Miranda rights given on 
various TV cop shows, and so often that you 
do not even pay attention to what the rights 
truly mean. The media has so belittled your 
constitutional rights that many naive citi- 
zens simply ignore them. As a knife owner, 
you cannot afford to ignore them. 

Remain polite when asserting your 
rights, but assert them. Do not be embar- 
rassed or intimidated into surrendering 
your rights. If you waive your rights — apart 
from making my job defending you that 
much tougher — you will have increased 
your chance of becoming the next horror- 
story victim of an anti-knife arrest that your 
friends talk about while you sit in jail. 

The author is a practicing legal attorney 
based in New Jersey who specializes in 
legal cases involving guns and knives. An 
ardent knife enthusiast in his own right, he 
is a regular BLADE* contributor and has 
presented a number of seminars on knives 
and the law at the BLADE Show and other 
knife events. 


America's #7 Specialty Equipmene Retailer 


^/^m BMT 

}^^i^ l£^ 

m33m Z^ ^ /^ .:>«. esy.-5?. 

wiviv. OS ogrande knives, com 

Info: 760-742-0385 Toil Free Orders: 1 -888-676-6050 

Knife By Howard Hitchmough 


New York's Finest Sports Specialty Store 

867 Broadway at 18th Street, NYC 10003 (212) 255-8036 
Also Available Online at www.paragonsports.coni 



- Featuring Knives ^^^^^^-^..-^ "■ 

By Tom Krein ^^^._ 1^^^^^ 

Tom A Hawk -$325 
Kenny Rowe Sheath Available 

Krein Dogfish Midtech Necker 
S30V Paul Bos Heat Treat - $85 

^" SS0?SS' DISCOVER C: DAVE STARK 909.731.3903 





Mike J. Gottesman 

APRIL 2006 

BLADE / 93 


handmade gallery 


By BLADE® staff 

Let the Sun Shine In 

It is said that there is nothing new under the sun. On the other hand, many things 
under the sun constantly grow and change. So, too, do some of today's top makers' 
talents and approaches to recreating and embellishing knives. Let the sun shine in! 

(Right) Johnny Stout's 
"Protege" locking-liner 
folder exhibits a 3 3/8- 
inch Jerry Rados ladder- 
pattern-damascus blade, 
cold-blued, ladder-pat- 
tern-damascus bolsters, 
a mammoth-ivory handle 
and engraving by Jim 
Small. Stout's address: 
1205 Forest Tr., Dept. 
BL4, New Braunfels, 
TX 78132 830.606.4067 
johnny @stoutknives. 
com. (SharpByCoop. 
com photo) 

94 / BLADE 

(Above) An excel- 
lent example of a 
trend toward an Art 
Deco style of folding 
knife that BLADEo 
identified in the 
March 2005 issue is 
Tim Herman's folding 
dagger, engraved by 
Ron Skaggs, and oth- 
erwise beautified by 
the maker. Herman's 
address: 7721 Foster, 
Dept. BL4, Overland 
Park, KS 66204 
913.649.3860. (Point 
Seven photo) 

APRIL 2006 

Whether it was the sun shining or the planets 

aligning just right, Jon Christensen hit the 

mark with his "Nessmuk Utility" fixed blade 

that stretches 9 inches overall and includes a 

4 1/2-inch high-carbon-steel blade, ^ 


bolsters and a curly maple handle. 

His address: 7814 Spear Dr., 

Dept. BL4, Shepherd, MT -* 

59079 406.373.0253 ■ 

(Mitch Lum 


(Above) Howard Hitchmough 
combines a 2 1/2-inch Damasteel 
damascus blade with a titanium 
handle, a black-lip-mother-of-pearl 
handle inlay, 18k-gold, twisted-wire 
overlays and an 18k-gold bail. His 
address: 95 Old Street Rd., Dept. 
BL4, Peterborough, NH 03458 
603.924.9646. (Point Seven photo) 

(Right) A spider-web-mosaic-da- 
mascus blade forged by the maker 
defines a Lourens Prinsloo folder, 
complemented by spider-damascus 
bolsters, a mammoth-ivory handle, 
and diamond and sapphire inlays. His 
address: 10 Thorny Croft Rd., Dept. 
BL4, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa 
083-684-623 customk@absamail. (Point Seven photo) 

APRIL 2006 

Canadian Knifemakers 
Guild Slioui 

Saturday, march 18, 2006 


Sunday, march 19, 2006 

10am to 4pm 

Days Inn Toronto Rirport 

6257 Airport Road 
mississauga, Ontario 

Reseruations: (905] 678 1400 

[nsk for Canadian Knifemakers Guild Group Rate] 

For more information, call 
ERIC ELSOn (519] 453 4482 

BLADE / 95 






The author's courtship of lady /^ 
knife has been an affair ^ 

for the annals ^^ ^/ 

By Ed Fowler 
BLADE® field editor 

According to the author, a guard is a must 
on a hunter. Jim Wall<er employs a single 
guard on his stag model, winner of best utility 
hunter at the 2005 BLADE Show. Blade steel 
is 1080 carbon. Overall length: 9 1/2 inches. 
Jim's contact information: 22 Walker Ln., 
Dept. BL4, Morrilton, AR 72110 501.354.3175 (Point Seven photo) 


"■"■-'■'■"'" "" 

_-^%:, ,::■■;. ,-;^-'?^:^^,.i';--' S^' .i^^fi^.^ V;^',v|^ 

96 / BLADE 

APRIL 2006 

Eighteen years ago I wrote my first article 
for BLADE'S. Looking back, I am proud 
to say that I have maintained my origi- 
nal thoughts on knife design and the kind of 
knife I wanted to make. 

Then as now, I stood in the minority of 
popular opinion. It seems this is my fate and 
one I gladly accept. I did not know all there 
was to know then, nor do I consider myself 
all knowing at this time. We learn as we seek. 
Thanks to BLADE and the support oi BLADE 
readers, 1 have had my say entirely my own 
way and my thoughts are on record. Then 
as now, when it comes to making knives I 
have but one allegiance, and that is to lady 
knife and my dreams of providing first for 
myself, then sharing with others a working 
knife carefully developed through utilizing 
the best techniques and materials that tech- 
nology can offer. 

Some have joined me in the quest and as 
we have learned the technology that leads 
to what we consider better blades, we have 
shared the information with all who were in- 
terested. Since the development of our semi- 
nars at the Willow Bow Ranch, our numbers 
have increased. The best knife has yet to be 
made and awaits discovery by the students 
of today or tomorrow. Those who choose to 
seek the high-level endurance/performance 
knife must be able to defend every aspect of 
design on the basis of performance. 

I have typed and used the words high per- 
formance many times, and, as is the nature of 
man, the words used in relation to lady knife 
have been interpreted by each individual in 
his own manner. To me the words high-level 
endurance/performance knives pertain to 
knives that cut well when faced with the kind 
of work a man who truly needs a knife seeks. 
The blade must be tough, strong and pack- 
aged in a design that is practical and safe in 
accordance with the needs of a man alone 
facing the unknown. 

What Cost Safety? 

The desirability of an adequate guard has 
been an issue of debate many times. The ac- 
companying photograph of a man who want- 
ed to be a knifemaker is an illustration of 
what can happen when one uses a knife that 

lacks a guard capable of reducing the prob- 
ability of an accident. He and I had debated 
the practicality of a guard several times. He 
said that he felt a guard was unnecessary. 
He had killed, field dressed, boned out and 
packed deer and elk, and proclaimed that he 
knew well what he needed in a knife. 

He and some other hunters had packed 
into a remote area. One man harvested an 
elk the first day. The knifemaker was dress- 
ing it out using a knife he had made of his 
own design, one without a guard. His hand 
slipped from the handle and along the blade's 
edge, cutting skin, muscle and tendons. The 
lack of an adequate guard ended the hunt 
both for him and another in the party who 
had to accompany him on horseback some 
miles to a vehicle, then drive him to a hos- 
pital where extensive surgery was required 
to repair the damage. As you can see from 
the accompanying photograph, cut tendons 
can require a lot of repair, as well as a long, 
painful recovery. 

A guard is like insurance. There may 
be a cost in the form of inconvenience, but 
when you need it the cost is inconsequential. 
Knives that are designed to fit the hand that 
holds them and afford the greatest degree of 
safety and comfort that can be achieved are 
goals we seek. 

Experience & Design 

Recently I received a call from a man who 
stated that, since the age of 10, he had spent 
most of his life on horseback. As he matured 
he spent many hours alone working cows 
and fixing fence for several large cow out- 
fits. Much of that time he spent miles from 
the support most of the current population 
knows in the form of cell phones and trained 
emergency response. To me, this is the kind 
of man who has the experience to sustain the 
motivation needed to continue the develop- 
ment of the high-level endurance/perfor- 
mance knife. He plans to attend a seminar at 
the Willow Bow and will bring a lot of expe- 
rience to his forged knives. We look forward 
to his visit. 

Many times the knives a man makes are 
a product of or conceived through his life ex- 
perience. When one spends years depending 





800 3313213 



Add 10% to Zirc prices for Ceramic beits. 












$.75 ea 

$1.50 ea 

$1.10 ea 


9"x11" Sheets $29.00/100 220-2500 Grit 

5 1/2"x9 1/2" Sheets $12.50/50 1,000/2000 Grit 





(800)822-4003 HpE Vre""48p" 


APRIL 2006 

BLADE / 97 

m _T< 


on himself first, and a horse and a dog that he 
has trained, he knows the value of good tools, 
planning and teamwork. 

Thankfully, some men can learn from the 
experiences of others. Those who have trav- 
eled to the Willow Bow to learn have come 
from many realms, their experience and 
education varying greatly. We have learned 
from every man who has come to learn. 

Many makers seek to make the best 
knife they can. For some, testing is the map 
to performance, for others it may be a knife 
that has no purpose other than art. I have no 

quarrel with the untested art knife as long as 
both the maker and client know the knife's 
true essence. 

The world of knives knows many fron- 
tiers, frontiers that are as vast or limited as 
the motivation of the individual who comes 
to explore. Some seek only part-time expe- 
rience; others commit themselves totally to 
their dream. All are welcome! 

Flexibility Key 

I well remember the time when a blade that 
could make 50 cuts on our test rope and still 
complete a 90-degree flex without cracking 
or breaking in half was considered outstand- 
ing. When Rex Walter joined the high-per- 
formance team at the Willow Bow Ranch, a 



September 15, 16, 17, 2006 
Portland, Oregon 

Portland Airport Holiday Inn & Conference Center 
8439 NE Columbia Blvd • Portland, OR 97220 

Special Show Room Rate 

$96 single/double • $101 triple/quad • $124 Jr. Suite 

Call 503-256-5000 

Mention Blade Show West for the special Show Rate 

• Free Seminars for new Blade enthusiasts as 
weii as seasoned coiiectors. 

• Outdoor Forging Demonstrations 

• An International Roster of Top Handmade 
Knife !\/lakers. 


• Exciting Collections. 

• H/lajor H/lanufacturers. 

• Suppliers. 

• Custom Knife Competition. 



Friday, Sept. 15 12pm-6pm 
Saturday, Sept. 1 6 10am-6pm 
Sunday Sept. 17 10am-4pm 


$9 per day 

$14 Two-day pass 

$18Tliree-day pass 

For Exhibitor information contact: 


700 E. State St. • lola, Wl 54990-0001 

877-746-9757, Mary Lutz - ext. 313 



for up-to-date information: go to 

grain size of 10 was only theoretical in 52100 
steel. Today we have achieved a grain size of 
14 and finer in the hardened portion of our 
blades, and Rex's last photomicrographs of 
some test blades reveal a number 10 grain in 
the soft spine, indicating what we have been 
finding out all along: grain size is a function 
of thermal cycles, low-temperature forging 
and multiple differential-hardening cycles. 

We also have learned that uniform fine 
grain alone is not as tough — other things 
being equal — as a matrix of grain size. The 
words 14 and finer are highly significant. We 
also believe that fine grain size is the key to 
flexibility no matter what form the steel takes 
(pearlite, cementite, etc.). We have devel- 
oped medium-sized blades that can accom- 
plish many 180-degree flexes, achieve over 
1,000 cuts on the test rope and withstand a 
flexing force of over 100 foot pounds. Our 
experiments continue to lead to knowledge 
that can be utilized by anyone who wants to 
make better blades testing for quality with 
the materials in any shop. We have yet to 
find any shortcuts to improved blades. Most 
of our new-process knives require over 68 
hours from working billet to finished knife. 

Knife Patriots 

Lady knife has been a companion to man 
since the beginning. For instance, it has 
been estimated by some that there were 
over 6,000 toolmakers during the reign of 
Neanderthal man. 

Today we have a wealth of information 
awaiting the student of knives. It can be 
found in museums, books and is available 
through the Internet. While most knives are 
fairly simple, every now and then fate brings 
the seeker of information face to face with 
a knife made by a special craftsman who 
sought and developed an extraordinary knife 
that has been preserved by history for us to 
learn from his experience. We have to pay 
attention to details in order to learn from the 
special knives of history that remain for our 

98 / BLADE 

APRIL 2006 

investigation. I strongly believe that those of 
us who are optimistic and persevere will be 
rewarded by periodic discoveries. 

1 wrote "Caveman Cutler" in the Octo- 
ber 1991 BLADE. It was about a man un- 
known by name who made a ilint knife that 
knew a cutting edge much like many flint 
knives, but had a smooth, rounded spine 
that also served as a hide scraper. He was 
special and his knife came to me by virtue 
of pure luck, for which I am thankful. As 
special makers and patriots of the world of 
knives have become known to me, I have 
thanked them and tried to honestly share 
their essence with BLADE readers. 

To Serve 

At the exact center of the world of knives is 
man. His needs are the reason lady knife 
waits to serve. The individual knifemaker 
serves his community and the people that his 
knives attract. This is the way it should be. 

Lady knife has been 
a companion to man 
since the beginning. 
Errett Cailahan 
Icnapped this repro- 
duction of a Danish 
dagger from obsid- 
ian. Errett's con- 
tact information: 2 
Fredonia, Dept. BL4, 
Lynchburg, VA 24503 
434.528.3444. (Weyer 

Some seek to know the high-perfor- 
mance knife through various competitions. 
Some competitions are well designed to 
evaluate knife performance in specialized 
venues. They are fun to watch as well as in 
which to compete. The client needs to judge 
the performance qualities demonstrated by 
competitions with one question: What for? 

Working knives are defined by thoughts 
of purpose, survival, convenience, safety 
and dependability. No man can fully appre- 
ciate the wonders of a high-level endurance/ 
performance knife better than one who has 
truly needed a knife when his life or the lives 
of others demanded excellence. 

Yours truly, 
Ed Fowler 

ince our foundation in 1907,we li 
been producing high quality linives wit| 
original design and high precision. 
Backed by our proud history of almost 
100 years, every one of our handmade 

knife is made for unmatched 

"Sharpness and durability". 

I ^1 


Jistribution in USA. 

Blue Ridge Knives. 



Web Site:http://www.nioki. 

BOX25,Seki City.Gifu Pref.,JAPAN.501-3224 

Scales, Rolls, Tapers, Carvers, Crowns & Gun grips. 


Scales in all sizes available: 51/2x11/2-5x11/2-41/2x11/2-41/2x11/4-41/4x11/4-31/2x1 

MOTHER OR PEARl^'''^''''°° "'"*''''' 

In Presentation, A+, A & B grades. 

1/8 + Thickness, 
31/2-4x1 -1 1/2incii 
scales available. 

We also deal in: 

Real Bone Imi-Stag, 
Smooth White Bone, 
Jigged Dyed Bone, 
Resin Casted Crown Handles, 
Buffalo Horn & Exotic Wood. 


Govt of India lifted the embargo on exports 
of Sambar Stag in 2005. We have all the 
sizes available in large quantity. All our Stag 
is Genuine India Sambar/Cheetal Stag only, 
recently imported from India. 



210.490.8580 TX ^^ 
718.544.5727 NY . 

Shop Online at: 

APRIL 2006 

BLADE / 99 



The World's t1 Knife Publication 

700 East State St. 
lola, Wl 54930-0001 
PH. 715-445-4612> 
Fax: 7-r5-445-4087 

Missy Beyer, 

Advertising Saies 

ext. 642 

e-maii: i 

missy.beyer@fwpubs.coni ', 

Bruce Woiberg 
Advertising Saies -^ 

ext. 403 

s^^ -io NET 'EM 

A.G. Russell Knives, Inc. 

Anderson Knives 



Angei Sword 

Archers Knives 


Arizona Custom Knives 



Atlanta Cutlery 

Becl(with's Blade 



Best Blade 

Benchmark/National Knife 

Best Knives 

Blade Art Inc. 


Blades By Brown Cutlery 

Bob Neal Custom Knives 

Bob's Knife Connection 

Brian Tighe 

Bubba Knives 

Burger Knives 

Busse Combat Knife Company 

C.A.S. Iberia 

Cable Joe Knives 


Canada's Knife Zone 
Online Knife & Sword Store 

Circle P Knives 

Cobra Imports 
Swords, Knives, Armor 

Custom Knife Gallery of Colorado 

Custom Knife Consignment 


Custom Leather Knife Sheaths 

Cutlery Specialties 
Renaissance IVIicro-Crystalline 
Dennis Blaine; 

Cutting Edge Cutlery Co. 

No one In Canada has more knives 

Dantes Knifeworks 

EDC Knives 

Every Day Carry Knives & Gear 

Dave Ellis -"CA. 1st ABS M.S." 

Ernie Lyie - Knifemaker 


John Fraps 

Frost Cutlery 

Gary Levlne Fine Knives 

Georgia Knifemakers' Guild 
"IVIember List, Web sites and 

Ghostmaker Custom Knives 

Grand Prairie Knives 

Great Lakes Custom Knives 

Guild Knives - Selling 

Custom Collection, Don Guild 

Halpern Titanium 

Hawkins Knife Making Supplies 

HideAway Knife 

Easy to retain. Easy to conceal. 
Fast to access. 

Hoffman Knives - Selling 
Top Quality Collection - Walt 

Independent Knife and 

Jays Knives/American Edge 

Jot Singh Khalsa 

A Wise Investment in Handmade 

Knives and Swords 

Knife & Sword Auction 

Knife Center of the Internet 

Toll Free 800-272-5233 

Knife Legends 
Handmade custom knives 

Knife iVIart 


Knives Pius 

Last Legend Competition Biades 

Lee's Cutiery 

We Buy Coliections 

Liglitfoot Knives 

Lone Woif Knives 

Luna Knives 

IVlackrill Knives 

Marziteili Custom Knives 

Charile IVIattox 

IVloore Cutlery 

IViother Of Peari Co. Inc. 

IVIoulton Knives 

Museum Replicas 
Lynn 0. Olson 

Nashville Knife Shop 

Nelison's Mountain Hollow 
J & Tess Neiison 

New Graham Knives 

NIttinger Knives - Selling 
Top Quality Collection 

Northwest School of Knifemaking 

Ohare Knives 

Okuden Custom Kydex 

Only Fine Knives 
Specializing in William Henry & 
Chris Reeve 

Oso Famoso 

Fossil Ivory-Mammoth Bark Knife Scales 


Peters' Heat Treating 
Your source for the Northwest's 
finest knives 

Pratt's Collectible Cutlery 
Case, Puma, Parker, Boker, Bulldog, 
Muela, Remington 
Knife Store 

Darrel Ralph 

Ray Jay Knives 

Ray Rogers Handcrafted Knives 

Robertson's Custom Cutlery 

Rocky Mountain Knife Works 

Sentry Solutions Ltd. 

Smoky Mountain Knife Works 

Sooner State Knives 


Spartan Cutlery 

Steel Addiction Custom Knives 



Svord Knives 

Swamp Rat Knives 

Large Selection of Automatic Knives 

The Equipment Outpost 

The Knifery 

Canada's #1 Knife Store 

The Sword Armory 


Trident Knives 

True North Knives 

Twin Blades 

Viking Wholesale 

Daniel Winkler 
Master Bladesmith 

Richard S. Wright 



By Hank Reinhardt 
BLADE® f/eW editor 

The 14 1/2-inch cord-wrapped hilt of the Coid Steel Chinese War 
Sword is more than ample enough to accommodate two hands. 
The 23 1/4-inch blade is 1050 carbon steel. Weight: 57.7 ounces. 
Overall length: 373/4 inches. MSRP: $379.99. 

102 /BLADE 

APRIL 2006 

The Japanese two-hand sword was the no dachi. The sword shape is the same as the katana; 
just really big, with an overall length of 5 1/2 to well overefe'et. The Japanese referred to the"' 
swords as f\e\di swords or, usually, horse-killing swords. Mu^eurh Replicas' No Dachi includes 
an 18 1/2-inch hilt and 40-inch blade. Weight: 3 pounds, 6 ounS^s. MSRP: $175. 

In the Far East, there is always some 
confusion about what constitutes a 
two-hand sword. The Japanese ka- 
tana is almost always used with two 
hands but is essentially a one-hand 
sword. Though the medieval Japanese 
were quite small in stature, usually in 
the area of 5'2", the katana is certainly 
light enough to be used easily with 
one hand. 

The great Japanese swordsman Miya- 
moto Musashi perfected his two-sword 
school in the late-16th-early-17th cen- 
turies, using the short wakizashi in one 
hand and the katana in the other. He 
developed the technique from watching 
the Portuguese playing with sword and 
dagger. As a result, even then it was 
known that the katana was not a true 
two-hand sword. 

"The temper 

line on both 

swords was a soft 

wave pattern." 

— the author 

The Japanese did have a true two- 
hander, however, and it was quite a fe- 
rocious weapon. Called the no dachi, its 
shape is the same as that of the katana, 
just really big, with an overall length 
of 5 1/2 to well over 6 feet. It was car- 
ried in a scabbard, though never worn, 
just carried. The scabbard was thrown 
aside when the action started, just as 
the Scots did with the scabbards for 
their claymores. The feeling was that 
you could always find the scabbard if 
you survived, and if you did not, what 
did it matter? 

I have read of a sword in a Japanese 
museum that is so large that the owner 
needed a companion to help him un- 
sheathe it! I don't think that qualifies as 
a two-hand sword but rather a two-man 
sword. The Japanese referred to the 

The Nagas of As- 
sam In the eastern 
part of India had 
two-hand swords 
that were somewhat 
strange. They were 
slightly shorter, gener- 
ally about 4 feet long 
overall, with blades 
just over 2 feet. The 
hilt was divided into 
two sections, each 
with a crossguard. The 
blades were slightly 
curved, single-edged, 
with a good, sharp 
point. At times, to 
lengthen the sword's 
reach, the top of the 
grip was used. Most 
were rather crudely 
made, (illustration by 
Peter Fuller) 


The two-hand sword of 
Central India was about 
5 feet long overall. The 
brass spheres on the 
hilt are hollow and 
sometimes were made 
Into small bells that 
rang when used in 
battle. Overall length: 
-5 feet. (Illustration by 
Peter Fuller) 

APRIL 2006 

BLADE/ 103 


a? Company 

Pearl slabs including; 

white, gold. pink, black, brown & abcdone 


Jig, Pick, Smooth & Stag Bone 
in a variety of colors & patterns: 
Mosaic Abalone Buffalo & 
Ram's Horn, Stingray Skins, 
Wallets & Belts. 

See Us At: 

Arkansas Custom Knife Show 

Little Rock, AR 

February 4-5, 2006 

Las Vegas Antique Arms & 
Sporting Arms Show 
February 10-12, 2006 

Catalog send $5.00 or download from our 
Web site to: 

Mother of Pearl Company 

P.O. Box 445, Franklin. JVC 28744 

Phone (828) 524 6842 

Fax (828) 369-7809 





■ Prepayment > 








Available m the 

following blade 


Eagle 4" 

Falcon 3,15 " 

Hawk 2.75" 

swords as field swords or, usually, horse- 
killing swords. Certainly an example of 
such a weapon would be big enough to 
kill both the horse and rider if it hit the 
two just right. There are reports of the 
swords with blades over 4 feet long and 
grips of 3 feet — a full 7 feet of sword! 
These are pure battle swords and, from 
what I have been able to gather, there 
was no real technique in using them oth- 
er than swinging hard and fast. 

What I find interesting and have 
never been able to get information on is 
the forging and tempering of the huge 
swords. I have examined two of them, 
both of which were about 6 feet long, and 
the blades were as attractive and well 
finished as any of the old katanas. The 
temper line on both swords was a soft 
wave pattern, quite distinct. (For more 
on temper lines, see the special story by 
ABS master smith Wally Hayes on page 
80.) Both were quite beautiful. Obviously 
they were not cheap, ready-made swords 
but were well constructed and, even to 
my untrained eye, seemed to have been 
made for a high-ranking individual. 


PHONE 5D3-670-9tl80 



They have the 

power of a good, 

hefty axe when 

they connect." 

— the author 

That the Japanese never used pure 
one-hand swords could explain why 
they never developed hand-held shields 
extensively. They have shields, what the 
Europeans would have called mantlets or 
pavises, which are upright shields that 
were used by archers for protection from 
enemy arrows. Even in the proto-his- 
toric age of Japan, the warriors seem to 
have developed armor more and exclud- 
ed the shield. 


The Chinese were not reluctant to use 
shields all through their history from 
the Bronze Age on, both for their foot 
soldiers and their cavalry. As a result, 
they had many one-hand swords, both 
sabers and what is now referred to as 
the tai chi sword. But a large number of 
their swords have hilts that were easily 
long enough for two hands, though light 
enough for use with one. Unfortunately, 


Brand new from 
CAS/Hanwei is the 
Sultan. The hilt Is 
10 1/2 inches and 
the blade is 28 
inches. Weight: 4 
pounds, 8 ounces. 

104/ BLADE 

APRIL 2006 


jPO box 584 Bl^ I>AVIS,OK 73030 1 






24 Hour FAX 




r.LKn Ko-riiFM fithinc 

bkh ytnir btadcs vviih the ihsv ia itse l*etwrKili/£r 
Ptusclcliiny nuaciijiie. Type lunie ordraw a per^ 
^ona] dc^ivi (m the stencil prnvidtti llfem ftiLtow 
I he inslruclions for profession a] resulls 
Kit coniiiijifi oiLtjIhing you \vill ncitj. 
EC302 PersonaUzer KJus .. 17S.95 


Include 440C Stainless i>\ads. handle 
miii^niiti pln^ :inU mMrutntmN. 
Overall linjiih Is 7 1/4" 


SS177K Eiplorer Kit 

Overall fenglh is 7 3/8 

SSIMK Cabra Kit „ „ 11.95 

Overall length is 7 J(/K" 

5S1MK Sportsman Kit tI.9S 

Overall leiigtii ts \QU 

SS93alC Trout Fillet Kit Ifl.9S 

ns(ii%KM.\N's Kii.i.rr kit 

MtiKible statnle?^ steel blade 12" nveirajl 
SS199K Fl^hennon Kit ,9.95 

Surjiital sled blade 16" overall. 
SS91ZK Alaskan Kit 12.95 


niaile Lent;th 3-!,'a", Stainless 

SS75J Cororado Liner Lock. 14.95 


Blade lengrh 2-1/2". Dartiascirs 

JD704 Damascus B«bwbite 27.95 


Overall Length 8-3/8", Stainless 

SS874 Be« rca t........... 17,95 


Ovemll Length 7".SlainIc5s 

SS873 Ri ngtait , 9.95 

Hl\ KTS \\U ^^^ ■%» 

nRII,l,.S ^^ *-v-' 

Corby type rivtiis urc prccifiion muchincd 
of solid brass 5/16" h(!^s slotted for easy 

Cullc:ry lypc rivcEs iiviiilEibIc in bras^s or 
nickic silver wiih 5/1 fi" hcad^^ and 1/2" 
shankK. U^ic RDji for cortiy riveis or RD4 
for cutlery rivets for perfect countersink 
jind alignment 

CF601 PkR. 12 Corby Rivets UM4 

RD3 Corbv Rivtt Drill 24.95 

RVI2S PkR* 25 Brass Cullcry 4.95 

RV225 Pkg. 25 Nickk Silver Culkrv 5^ 
RD4 Cutlerv Rivet Drill 2-1.^5 


C EM LRIM; scribe 

Use this handy tw*l to scribe Uw 
center lines as a guide Tor grinding 
kiitfc blades. Designed for accuracy. 
RcplncabEi; curbidL- lips mU separately. 
JS305 Knife Ccnicr Scribe 19.95 


t I SKIM kllS 
TtK kits below include jdalrless }Jcel ptc-.shiifKd 
bUvie. br,i$s rivet-s. lUbiitE. guiird anj Ji.'indit; 
niuteriul uml ^[l:[^b)'-^tep itislnicIiuFU. 


SS4*) Washita Blwk only 21.95 

SS463K Washita Kit 30.25 


7 ^fK" n^cf^itl Willi 3" bl.ndc 

SS45S Sioux Blade otdy 19.95 

SS4S8K Coiaplete Kil™__ ™JS.9S 

APACni-: lIlMTIi 

8 l/4"uvrnllwiltl-l t/2" iilailt 

SS46 1 A i>atht 111 udt onl) 19,95 

SS46IK tiirapktt Kit 1S.95 


9 I/a" overall with 4 1/3" bl.nlc 

SS495 Chevenix Blade only 1 9.95 

SS495K Coniplele Kit .: 28.95 


1 ]/!?" ovcfiill wiitt .t" litadL- 

.SST82 Kaw Blade only „ 24.95 

SSK2K Camplele Kit: 32.UI 


S 7/)S" overall vviiti 4 t/4" Sbctc 

SS7S3 \uvaJD Blade onlv 21.95 

SSTSJK Complete Kit ill^S 

By Richard w. Boraey siid Rolwn W. 
Loveless. Best Seller. 
BOK 101 1 1.95 

A How.To by Ron LoIck. 
Fnmk Cemuraittc and Weyne Clay 
BOK 1 02 12,76 


Hy Joe K«t*tznitta 
I BOKt25 I9.9S 

I 111: COVlPl.bTK BI.MJblSMrni 
— " Foiling Voar Way lo Perfection 
By Jim Hrlsoulas 
1IOP30I J9.95 

OpliWiOR' MAiiMUKiW 

Be^t magnifiers available, 
adjustable headband fits 
all. ]£asily worn over 
es. Lenses arc groand & 
polished prismatic type 
Made in USA. 



Nnw light OVLTm $li.9S 

Order t» Power Wk. Dist. 


OVDA2 1-1/2 

OVDA3 l-ili 

OVDA4 2 

0VDA5 2-1/2 

OVnA7 2-.V4 

10" $29.95 

14" $29,95 

10" $29,95 

8" $31,95 

(," $J2.95 



BI.1I4 t/4 ItfflO I/2" 169.95 

Bl.lil t/3 itm 1/2" IW.9S 

BU132B 3/4 1800 3/4" 356.95 

BU33B 3/4 3i»0 .1/4- 3S6.9S 


Used by professionah; for razor clean edges oa 
cellety. One wheel for sharpening, another for 
cleartiag aitd polishirtg, all cotnpoLtnds and 
itutructions ittcluded. It^cludes bu^iliings to fit 
5/8" or 1/2" arbor. 

WKSSW 8" 5el„ 



Kit includes; 
Four 3/4'" 
sewed muslin 
wheels^ one 
3/4" loose 
muslin wheel. 
one each grca^cless hmsh'On culling com' 
puund in grilii 240, 320 and 400. one hEcnding 
bar. one bar of wEiiie rouge and a 
polishing guide. 

Specify Arbor Size (1/2", 5/S", 3/4 ') 

fi" Kit „..._ M.95 

8" Kit „ „........„....79.9S 

10" Kil ..,»...».„, 


Ciri LERV Kir 

1 1 pc. tmdilional styte eullery s£t InctLKiicg pre- 
shaped surgical stainless blades shown above 
plus handle material, and rivets. Carving set 
and stffok »t also ^v^lable- 

I pe. Trsdidonal Set .. 



S.S8ft7 * CarvioR Sci 19.95 

SSW»3 * * Seeak Set 27,95 



Made from 440C Stainless S[eel. Kits include 
blitdc, DymondwDod haiHllc material, pins- 


Cunirtg Edge 6'. 3-1 M" wide. 

SS2T1 Ulo Blade Oaly 4.95 


Overall «-ll/|iS". Wade 3-1/2". 

SS571 Dolphin Bladt.. 10.95 

SSS71K Dolphin Kit „........„ 12.95 


Overall fi-l/K". blade 2 1/2", 

SS2(i IKadiak Blade (1.95 

K.S261K Kodiak ICil 1 1,95 


Overall length 5 1/2" 
blodt; length 2 7/8", 
2 3/4" Mde, 

SS176 Sharii Blatie 9.95 

S.St76K Shark Kil„...,.„.„...„.„^„^..„l 1-95 

440.C Stainless blades. Kits supplied with 
blade, guard, [breaded pomaieE and block 
of Dymorvdwood handle niatefial. 


SS497 Blade aiUy 

SS497K Kit complete.... 



S.S914 Frontier Blade itnlv 15.95 

SS914K Frontier Kit .'_ 29.95 


SS91 1 Cape Bbade onlv 1 9.95 

SS911K Cap* Kit : J4.95 


El ^^ ^^0 

BOOKS ^^F ^^^ 

BOH607 ABC's of Leather..- 4.95 

BOH6g5 LeaHternortt Manual „ 12.95 


Top quality vegetable tanned leather. 

AGS12 12 X 12" „..9,9S 

AG524 12 X 24" 18.95 

Sews an automatie lock stileh Just like a machine. 
Con^^ wiUi 2 \fl yard black Ehreadn one :^tr?ighi 
and one curved diimiond point rteedie, %vreneh 
and irp;truciion-i. 

OS4l34)Klt »„.» .. »....14.2S 

E^L:vy Eo u.'sc himd :snup itel. Includes 25 of ihc 
^2A s.tandard nickle plaled brass snaps. 
OS23tXl Snap Set Kit .2«.9S 

tanm:h.s ROM) o:mi:m 

V/a[erpnx9f ecment pennonciitly bonds Leather 
and KydcK, 

WV700 Tanners Bond 3.95 

PrufcssionaJ oil dyes, black, brown, lur, 

nialiogany A9Seaeli 

100% pure for eonditicning leather. 16 oz. 

W V6Q0 4^0 each 

We mecE any price plus you gel ft free ucce-^so- 
rv. Call for specifications and details 
TPIOl 1245.0ft 


bv Dan Harrison ^"^ 


Making Custom Knives 
For Over 50 Years 

Designer and mal<er for Browning, Kershaw, Ka-Bar, and others for 15 years. 

492 Van zandt CR 4812, Edom, TX 75754 

Ph: 903-852-3791 • Fax 903-852-7908 

e-mail • web.www.harrisoncustoml< & Damasteel 

Bringing you the linest knitemaking products! 

Giraffe Bone 
Warthog Tusk 
Mammoth Ivory 
Kudu Horn 
Impala Horn 
Cape Buffalo Horn 
African Woods 

WWW. giraffeb one .com 
Sandy & Jerry McClure 

See us in 

Las Vegas, NV 

Feb. 10-12 

Please Visit Our Web Sites! 


3 Turn 

20 Turn 

Odin's Eye 




www.ssdamascus.coni I 
Sandv McClure 

When's the last time you saw a FORGED, 
-34 dr 

Visit,¥n(nile browsing, have a 

lool< at our exclusive, forgeOKitchen cutlery with 

r^v. ^ ^u^^.. '^"'- — d stag handlis, 


The full-tang 
O'DachI Great 
Samurai Sword 
from Knights Edge 
boasts a 27-Inch 
hilt and 47-inch 
blade of forged 
carbon steel. 
MSRP: $298. 

106 /BLADE 

APRIL 2006 

there has not been a serious detailed 
study of Chinese edged weapons. This 
is a shame, as many of their swords are 
quite beautiful. 

After the Boxer Rebellion in the early 
19th century, many Chinese swords were 
brought to the USA and Great Britain. 
They are wide-blade swords with almost 
no point but are terrific cutting weapons. 
With a two-hand hilt they have the power 
of a good, hefty axe when they connect. 
There is some confusion with Chinese 
names for the wide-blade pieces, which 
happens with a language as complex as 
Chinese and with so many dialects. In 
America they are frequently referred to 
as war swords. 

Chinese beheading swords were al- 
ways two-handed and were much larger 
than the European version. Even the 
average size makes for a very large and 
scary sword. The total length was often 
about 5 feet, evenly split between blade 
and hilt. I had one many years ago. It was 
good only for a downward blow and far 
too clumsy to be a fighting sword. 


One of the field's most ignored swords is 
the Korean version. Now, I do not think 
anyone can say for sure whether the 
Japanese influenced the Koreans or the 
Koreans influenced the Japanese, and 
the two peoples seem to argue about it 
incessantly. But their swords are very 
similar and it is hard to differentiate be- 
tween the two. 



swords were 

— the author 

The Korean sword, from roughly 500- 
1,000 A.D., usually has a smaller tsuba 
(guard) and the blade is often slightly 
less curved than the katana's. Japan and 
Korea started adopting a single-edge 
form around the 9th-10th centuries. Both 
countries have devoted adherents of their 
respective swords and many schools of 
swordplay; a few of the latter live on 
today. The katana has so dominated the 
modern sword scene that the Korean 
sword is either ignored or considered 
"just another katana." It is one of several 
swords that I would like to see studied 
more thoroughly. 


India made and used two-hand swords, 
starting after the development of steel circa 
700-800 B.C., though not to a great degree. 
Since the left hand was often used to carry 
the shield, two-hand swords were fairly 
rare. However, they were used and are 
rather strange looking — not at all like one 
might expect, given the Indian preference 
for the curved sword. They are straight and 
double-edged, with blades well over 2 1/2 
feet and hilts of about 20 inches. 

"Since the left 
hand was often 
used to carry the 
shield, two-hand 
swords were fair- 
ly rare in India." 
— the author 

What is curious about many Indian 
swords is that two additional pommels di- 
vide the hilt into three sections. The sections 
enable you to extend the sword's length or 
choke up on the hilt and use the sword as a 
shorter weapon. The globular pommels are 
usually fluted brass and are brazed to hol- 
low-steel hilts. A common practice in India 
was to insert a small pointed knife into the 
hollow pommels. 

The Nagas of Assam in the east- 
ern part of India had two-hand swords 
that were also somewhat strange. They 
were slightly shorter, generally about 4 
feet long overall, with blades just over 
2 feet. The hilt was divided into two 
sections, each with a crossguard. The 
blades were slightly curved, single- 
edged, with a good, sharp point. The 
Nagas are considered an aboriginal race 
and the swords were rather primitive in 
construction, not nearly as well made as 
most Indian metalwork. 


There is a lot of discussion regarding two- 
hand swords among sword enthusiasts. Is a 
two-hander better than a sword and shield? 
Which is the best sword: the katana, Swiss/ 
German two-hander, etc.? In truth, it prob- 
ably depends more on the wielder than the 
weapon. This is one of those endless argu- 
ments. In this day and age of .45s and .223s 
it may be foolish, but it sure is fun. 

For the contact information for the swords 
in the story, see "Where To Get 'Em " on 
page 109. 


MCusta Knives 

MCusta Knives are true 
masterpieces combining 
traditional Japanese 
elements and craftsmanship 
with modern cutting-edge 
technology. MCusta knives 
feature VG-10 and Nickel 
Damascus with VG-10 core 
Blades, exotic handle 
materials and high precision 
mechanisms. Each MCusta 
knife is hand assembled and 
hand finished by an 
experienced craftsman 
producing a superior knife. 
MCusta stands for Machine 
Custom Knives! 

Dealer Contact Information: 

• Kencrest USA, Inc. San Diego, CA 
& Seki, Japan 
Phone: 858-663-3985 
E-mail: infofS^kencrest-us 

• Blue Ridge Knives 

• Moteng, Inc. 

***** Shop Online ***** 

APRIL 2006 

BLADE/ 107 

BLUE STEEL'and the 800-year-old history of Japanese 


[Aany of the knives forged by the master craftsman Kanetsune Seki are made 
of blue steel, a type of ultra-high carbon steel. Blue steel, which has been 
used for creating Japanese hunting knives from ancient times, has long- 
lasting sharpness and repels oils. Knives formed from blue steel reveal 
the wonder of their sharpness. 

Blue steel, which remains most popular among Japanese hunters, is the 
superlative variety for select people. Knives that the master craftsman 
(anetsune Seki forges from blue steel employing the secret art of *" 

ieki-den possess incredible sharpne«» '^ 



lmW®ms ^©T iJIOW, Booth #7273,Get your free DVD & catalogue! 
They' 11 explain the whole history of "KANETSUNE" . ^^ 

BLADE LENGTH /i72in BLADE LENGTH 10.63 in.^«|.x BLADE LENGT H 10.63 in. ^^., BLADE LENGTH 18.50in. 




^^ 5-1-11, Sakae-machi, Seki City,Gifu Pref., JAPAN 501-3253 

^«snfi ^^^ knives crafted by the master Kanetsune Seki using the 800-year-old history of Japanese sword-making 

combined with modern techniques are, as it were, sublimely beyond evolution and creativity Kanetsune Seki will be 
pleased to provide you with these amazingly sharp and easy-to-use knives. 

v%/H#^re to 


where to get 'em 


A.G. Russell Knives, attn: D. Myers, Dept. 
BL4, 1920 N. 26* St., Lowell, AR 72745-8489 
800.255.9034; Diamond 
Machining Technology, attn: Christine Miller, Dept. 
BL4, 85 Hayes Memorial, Marlborough, MA 01752 
508.481.5944; EdgeCraft, attn: 
D. Friel, Dept. BL4, 825 Southwood Rd., Avondale, 
PA 19311 800.268.3255; 
Lansky, attn: A. LeVine, Dept. BL4, FOB 50830, 
Henderson, NV 89016 702.361.7511 www.lansky. 
com; Smith Abrasives, attn: R. Smith, Dept. BL4, 
1700 Sleepy Valley Rd., Hot Springs, AR 71902 
501.321.2244; Spyderco, 
attn: J. Laituri, Dept. BL4, 820 Spyderco Way, 
Golden, CO 80403 800.525.7770 www.spyderco. 

Phil Boguszewski, Dept. BL4, POB 99329, 
Lakewood, WA 98499 253.581.7096 knives01@aol. 
com; Tony Rose, Dept. BL4, 7252 N. County Rd., 
300 E., Shelburn, IN 47879-9778 812.397.5114; 
Walter Brend, Dept. BL4, 353 Co. Rd. 1373, 
Vinemont, AL 35179 256.739.1987; Kit Carson, 
Dept. BL4, 1076 Brizendine Ln., Vine Grove, KY 
40175 270.877.6300; Joel 
Chamblin, Dept. BL4, 960 New Hebron Church, 
Concord, GA 30206 770.884.9055 chamblinknives. 
com; Larry Chew, Dept. BL4, 515 Cleveland Rd., 
Unit A-9, Granbury, TX 76049 817.326.0165 www.; Scott Cook, Dept. BL4, 8152 
S. Obadiah, Meridian, ID 83642 208.898.9745; Jim Davis, Dept. BL4, 
5129 Ridge St., Zephyrhills, FL 33541 813.779.9213; Adam Des Rosiers, Dept. 
BL4, 907.209.6832, www.; Kaj Embretsen, Dept. BL4, 
Faluvagen 67, S-82821 Esbyn, Sweden 46.271.21057 
fax 46.271.22961; Dan Farr, Dept. BL4, 285 Glen 
Ellyn Way, Rochester, NY 14618 585.721.1388; 
D.B. Fraley, Dept. BL4, 1355 Fairbanks, Dixon, 
CA 95620 707.678.0393; Brett 
Gatlin, Dept. BL4, 53 Broadmoor Dr, Texarkana, AR 
71854 870.779.3801; Richard R. "Randy" Golden, 
Dept. BL4, 6492 Eastwood Glen Dr, Montgomery, 
AL 36117 334.271.6429; David Hodge, Dept. BL4, 
3745 Ewing Dr, Atmore, AL 36502 251.368.5779; Ryuichi Kawamura 
(address n/a); Greg Lightfoot, Dept. BL4, RR #2, 
Kitscoty, Alberta, Canada TOB 2P0 780.846.2812; Shawn Mclntyre, Dept. BL4, 
71 Leura Grove, Hawthorn East, Victoria, 03123, 
Australia 61.3.98132049; 
Mike Obenauf, Dept. BL4, 355 Sandy, Vine Grove, 
KY 40175 270.828.4138 mobenaufknives@yahoo. 
com; Hiroaki Ohta (address n/a); Warren Osborne, 
Dept. BL4, 215 Edgefield Waxahachie, TX 75165 
972.935.0899 fax 972.937.9004; Mel Pardue, 
Dept. BL4, Rt. 1, Box 130, Repton, AL 36475 
334.248.2447; Plaza 
Cutlery, attn: D. Delavan, Dept. BL4, 3333 S. Bristol 
St., Ste. 2060, Costa Mesa, CA 92626 714.549.3932; Darrel Ralph, Dept. BL4, 
4185 S St. Rt. 605, Galena, OH 43021 740.965.9970; Robertson's Custom Cutlery, 
attn: L. Robertson, Dept. BL4, 4960 Sussex Dr, Evans, 
GA 30809 706.650.0252; 
Richard Rogers, Dept. BL4, POB 769, Magdalena, 

NM 87825 505.854.2567; 
Bill Ruple, Dept. BL4, POB 370, Charlotte, TX 
78011 830.277.1371; Mike Ruth, Dept. BL4, 3101 
New Boston, Texarkana, TX 75501 903.832.7166; Bill Sanders, Dept. 
BL4, POB 957, Mancos, CO 81328 970.533.7223; Gray Taylor, 
Dept. BL4, 560 Poteat Ln., Fall Branch, TN 37656 
423.348.8304; Bob Terzuola, 
Dept. BL4, 3933 Agua Fria St., Santa Fe, NM 87501 
505.473.1002; Brion Tomberlin, Dept. BL4, 825 
W Timberdell, Norman, OK 73072 405.202.6832; True North Knives, attn: N. 
Ostroff, Dept. BL4, POB 176 Westmount Station, 
Montreal, Quebec, Canada H3Z 2T2 514.748.9985; John White, Dept. BL4, 
308 Regatta, Niceville, FL 32578 850.729.9174; 
John Young, Dept. BL4, 483 E. 400 S., Ephraim, UT 

Blackhawk/MOD, attn: I Ray, Dept. BL4, 4850 
Brookside Ct., Norfolk, VA 23502-2052 757.436.3 10 1; Blade- Tech, attn: Tim Wegner, 
Dept. BL4, 3060 South 96*, Tacoma, WA 98409 
253.581.4347; Todd Davison 
{contact Justin Reichert [see following]); Justin 
Reichert, Dept. BL4, 924 17* Ave., McPherson, 
KS 67460 620.241.4041; Kenny Rowe, Dept. BL4, 
3219 Hwy 29 S, Hope, AR 71801 870.777.8216; Mike Williams, Dept. 
BL4, Rt. 4, POB 64-1, Broken Bow, OK 74728 


C.A.S./Hanwei, attn: P Shipley, Dept. BL4, 650 
Industrial Blvd., Sale Creek, TN 37373 423.332.4700; Cold Steel, attn: Tisa, 
Dept. BL4, 3036-A Seaborg, Ventura, CA 93003 
805.650.8481; Knights Edge, 
attn: M. Bastle, Dept. BL4, 5696 N. Northwest 
Hwy., Chicago, IL 60646-6136 773.775.3888 www.; Museum Replicas, attn: B. 
Brookhart, Dept. BL4, Box 840, Conyers, GA 30012 


Virginia Blade Inc., attn: D. Dudley, Dept. BL4, 
5177 Boonsboro Rd., Lynchburg, VA 24503 

Crucible Materials Corp., attn: S. Devanna, Dept. 
BL4, 575 State Fair Blvd., Syracuse, NY 13201 
800.365.1180, scott.; Kershaw Knives, attn: C. 
Green, Dept. BL4, 18600 S.W. Teton Ave., Tualatin, 
OR 97062 800.325.2891,; Tom Mayo, Dept. BL4, 
67-420 Alahaka St., Waialua, HI 96791 808.637.6560; Bill Ruple, Dept. BL4, 
POB 370, Charlotte, TX 78011 830.277.1371; Darrel 
Ralph, Dept. BL4, 4185 S. St. Rt. 605, Galena, 
OH 43021 740.965.9970, or 
contact True North Knives, attn: N. Ostroff, Dept. 
BL4, POB 176, Montreal, Quebec, Canada H3Z 2T2 


orCmioEUge, i 

Frost Finish ^ 

Sfnail:mRP $63.39 
Large. MSftPS79.9S 

Cetambia River Kitile S roof 


Here is Kit Carson's 

nevifM2i, witli a swedged 

and recurved blade, 

Iiardanodized6061 T6 

aluminum CNC machined 

frame, and his signature 

Carson Hipper blade 

guard Available 

in two sizes, both 

Witt) LAWKS" 

t<nife safety 

. and removable 

stainless steel 


gear dips. 


APRIL 2006 

BLADE/ 109 


in steel 


The "Pahinui" locking-liner flipper folder, Scot Matsuoka's 
favorite knife, was inspired by tils mentor, Ken Onion. 
"That's what I carry to work. I carry it all over the place," 
Scot noted. The 3 1/2-inch blade is BG-42 and the titanium 
handle is engraved in a dragon motif by Norimi. Pahinui is 
Hawaiian for big knife. (Lum photo) 



By David Rhea 

From the tropical paradise of Ha- 
waii emerges a new face in the 
world of handmades. Scot Matsuo- 
ka, founder of Koloa Duck Knives, spent 
the past two years making cutting-edge 
folders that have garnered attention for 
their flashy design. At 55, he admits that 
he is breaking into the scene a little later 
in life, but it is a passion that has haunted 
him since childhood. 

Scot grew up in Koloa on the garden 
island of Kauai. He made his first knife 
when he was 9, fashioning it from a large 
nail he found in his neighborhood. He 
pounded the nail flat on a piece of railroad 
track that his dad used as an anvil and put 
an edge on the flattened nail with his dad's 
grinder. Though he could not cut anything 
with it, the finished product was enough to 
plant the knifemaking seed. 

His desire to make knives resurfaced 
in 1990 when he bought a knife magazine 
and began building kit knives. That led 
to attending the 1993 Las Vegas Classic 
Knife Show, where he met another Ha- 
waiian resident. Ken Onion, one of the 
most influential and successful knife- 
makers going. 

"When I first met Ken up in Vegas, I 
seriously wanted to grind knives," Scot 
said. "He told me that if I really wanted 
to learn, I'd need to buy a Burr King. Tru- 
Grit [a supplier of knifemaking equipment, 
among others] was there, and right then 
and there I whipped out my charge card. 
After I got back to Hawaii I visited Ken 

and he began teaching me the basics." 

Scot made a few beginner pieces but he 
could not master grinding blades. Out of 
frustration, he gave up. After a 10-year hi- 
atus, the knifemaking bug bit again — once 
more at the Las Vegas Classic. He began 
visiting Ken yet again on a regular basis 
and finally became proficient at grinding. 

"It was like something that I was look- 
ing for and didn't find," Scot explained, 
"but now I did finally, in my later years." 

You need only to take a quick tour of 
his website ( to see 
that it was worth the wait. His talent is ap- 
parent in his Onion-inspired early model, 
the "Pahinui" folder, as well as his later, 
wilder, self-generated designs. 

"Ken helped me design it," Scot said 
of the Pahinui, which is Hawaiian for big 
knife. "So, there are a lot of similarities in 
design [between my knives and his], and 
people saw that. That kind of gave me a 

APRIL 2006 

BLADE/ 111 

(Hen &L <a^ostcr® 

^ World's Finest Since 1845 
Celebrating 160 Years 


First Established in 
Solingen, Germany 
in 1B45, the Hen & Rooster* 
trademark is renowned as one 
of the world's finest cutlery 
brands. In celebration of the 
1 60th Anniversary of Hen & 
Rooster*, we are projd to 
present this exquisite com- 
memorative Crown Stag Bowie. 
This beajtiful coliectors piece 

less steel blade with genuine 

gold plating. Each knife is a 

serialized limited edition of 

only 300 pieces. Be one of the 

few to own this historical piece, 

and ask your salesperson about 

other 1 60th Anniversary items 

availble only through 

Frost Cutlery™. 

STrost Cutlery 




or visit our web site at 

^^ profile in si 

kick start. 1 guess you could say that's my 
favorite knife." 

Since then, Scot has put his definitive 
fingerprint on his knife designs. "It's just 
like an artist," he said. "You start draw- 
ing and you just get carried away some- 
times, eh?" 

After he draws a knife up, Scot makes 
a template out of Plexiglas®. "Then I try it 
out in my hand," he continued. "I make sure 
that it feels good and everything works." 

Scot's newest folder design will be a 
further departure from his usual. Onion- 
influenced contours. He described it as 
"more tactical," meaning that he plans to 
use more straight lines and angles. "More 
corners, more squareness," he described. 
"A lot of my designs are rounded, so I'm 
thinking about making something a little 
more rigid. I think that I have one that's 
going to be hot, but I'm not sure yet." 

One of the most refreshing things 
about Scot is his modesty. He talks about 
his knives with confidence but always 
prefaces it with the reminder that he is "not 
famous" yet. All in good time. 

The price range of Scot's knives is 
typically $350-$550. Many of his fold- 
ers have titanium or curly Koa wood 
handles, and titanium bolsters. For blade 
steel he said that lately he has been using 
CPM 154 stainless. (For more on it, see 
the story on page 12.) 

Scot uses locking liners for his fold- 
ers. He said that they seem to work 

Scot Matsuoka 

Dept. BL4, 94-415 Ukalialii PI. 

Mililani, HI 96789 


scottym @ 

Specialties Folders, including gent's 

knives and tactical folders, and 

fixed-blade hunters 

Steels CPM S30V, CPM 154, 440C, 

BG-42 and 154CM 

Handle Materials Titanium, bead 

blasted or "splatter" anodized, and 

curly koa wood 

Miscellaneous Offers filework and 

engraving by Norimi; hand-stitches 

sheaths for his fixed blades 

Stamp "Matsuoka" over "Koloa 

Duck Knives" over "Hawaii," all 

next to a stylized duck 

Shows He exhibits at the Las Vegas 

Classic Knife Show, the Bay Area 

Knife Collectors Association Show 

and a local gun show twice a year 

Knife Sources has 

offered Scot's Pahinui folders 

Price Ranges $350 and up 

112 /BLADE 

APRIL 2006 

Engraved by Norimi, the "Koloa Gecko Grip" 
highlights Scot's "Anal(a" folder. The 3 1/2-inch 
biade is 440C stainless. In Hawaiian, Anaka 
means gecko or lizard. (Lum photo) 




better for him than framelocks, add- 
ing that even though the locking liners 
take more time, they come out nicer and 
smoother. Paul Bos heat treats Scot's 
blades. A number of Scot's folders are 
embellished with some creative engrav- 
ing, which is done by a good friend of 
his who owns a jewelry store. 

In addition to his Burr King grinder, 
Scot's shop houses two drill presses, two 
band saws, two disc sanders and a small, 
dual-purpose mill/lathe he picked up as a 
hand-me-down from Onion. 

Scot is finally realizing his dream of 
being a knifemaker, and it is propelling 
his ambition to further his knifemaking 
know-how. He does not want to settle for 
continuing on his current path. 

"There's so many things I want to learn," 
he offered. "I want to learn to forge and to 
make damascus. I also want to learn how 
to make swords." 

Knifemaking is still a part-time en- 
deavor for Scot. Today he works full time 
as a cargo supervisor for Hawaiian Air- 
lines in Honolulu, but he eventually wants 
to make the transition from part timer to 
full-time knifemaker. 

"I would like to do this on a full-time 
basis, but I'm not really popular enough at 
it yet," he said. "I love making knives and 
I'm not in it to make money, really. I don't 
expect to become a millionaire but I would 
like to survive as a business." 

With his attitude and talent, Scot would 
appear to be well on his way to doing just 
that — if not more. 

APRIL 2006 

BLADE/ 113 


Steve Schwarzer's 
"Face Series" in- 
cludes ttie mal<er's 
face in various pro — 
files in the blades 
and bolsters. Steve ; 
had a photograph of 
his profile digitized. Z 
He cut out the 
profile with his wire 
EDM machine to 
arrive at the final im- 
age for the mosaic 
damascus. (Point 
Seven photo) 

With apologies to the classic movie, The Three Faces of Eve, 

Ji:»tsl niCKi] il^i] cm I ■ fU) [i I^ Uliji 


Spec Check 

Knives Face Series 
Maker Steve Schwarzer 
Blades Six different mosaic pat- 
terns witli the maker's face in vari- 
ous profiles 

Handles Mastodon and ancient 
walrus ivory 

Miscellaneous Available in an ex- 
tremely limited edition of 10 
Maker's List Price $3,700 per knife 

One day, ABS master smith and 
BLADE® field editor Steve Schwar- 
zer found himself transfixed by the 
optical illusion created by a vase with a de- 
sign of two women's faces looking at each 
other, and the thought hit him — why not 
do the same thing, but in mosaic damascus 
steel on a knife? Not only did Steve do it, 
he used the image of his own face! 

The result is his "Face Series" — an 
extremely limited edition set of 10 knives 
with his profile facing all one way, back 
to back or morphed together (the latter 
dubbed "Schwarzer Turned Around"), on 
both the blades and bolsters of the knives. 
"I wanted to do some real images, almost 

photo images, in the steel, and this is the 
start of that," he said. 

The blades include six different mo- 
saic patterns and the handles are mastodon 
or ancient walrus ivory. He debuted the 
knives at the Art Knife Invitational in San 
Diego this past fall. 

For more information contact Steve 
Schwarzer, Dept. BL4, FOB 4, FomonaFark, 
FL 32181 386.649.5026 steveschwarzer@, 

114/ BLADE 

APRIL 2006 


Every sword manufactured 

by Windlass Steelcrafts"for 

, Museum Replicas, is meticulously 

-^- crafted to faithfully capture the 

attributes reqviired by the 

soldiers and knights from 

centuries long ago. Light in 

weight, proper dimensions, 

and of course, balance and 

toughness are all qualities we 

take pride in delivering in 

every blade. These are the 

swords that history's greatest 

men-at-arms would be 

proud to own! 

Call toll-free today for your 

free catalog of Swords, Armor 

and Period Clothing 

J J rfiusEurn re;plica8 

1 rn 1 T E 

RO. Box 840 / BL-13 
Conyers, GA 30012 


Tel: 800-883-8838 

Dealer Inquiries Welcome 

Boot Knife 

source cade # M0BL06A Vj/Tj -^^^^^ SWORDS 

The CAS Logo, CAS name, are property of CAS Iberia, Inc. and cani|pt I 



\ I 

© & ® 2003-2005 CAS Iberia. Inc.